Spring Vegetables

Posted: April 7, 2012

There are many garden crops that grow best in the spring. Spinach is one of those crops. It can tolerate spring frosts. There are quite a few other spring vegetables.

They include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, peas, radish, and turnips. Most gardeners prefer to use transplants instead of direct seeding into the garden. Transplants can be spaced more evenly and are more competitive with weeds. The spring crops that preform best when directly seeded into the garden are peas, radish, and turnip.

When planting a transplant into the garden, plant deep enough to completely cover the greenhouse soil with your garden soil. Always water the new plant thoroughly. The water helps ensure good soil contact with the roots. It helps if a very small amount of a water soluble fertilizer is added to the water. Do not over apply the fertilizer to a young, tender plant.

Spring is a great time to improve your garden soil. If it has been over 5 years since you have gotten a soil test, it is recommended that you get a current test done. Lime, if needed, can be applied in the spring. While adding manure to the soil helps improve the organic matter content and fertility, it should be applied at least 120 days prior to harvest to ensure food safety. Be especially careful when using manure on crops you will be eating raw.

Contact Information

John Esslinger
  • Horticulture Extension
Phone: 570-316-6516