5 Spring Vegetables to Grow in Your Kitchen Garden
With the advent of spring, it’s time to liven up your gardens with a fresh batch of greenness. Spring air is perfect for a variety of vegetables. And you can have them in your backyard without much effort. If you don’t have a kitchen garden, consider making one. As nowadays, it is very difficult to determine the organic quality of anything that lands on your chopping board.
Don’t worry, it is not a hefty business. Spring vegetables are pretty easy to grow. Here are some tips to help you out-
- Make sure your garden is located in an area with direct sunlight.
- Make your soil healthy by removing all weeds and feeding it with organic materials like compost.
- Have a proper drainage system and remember to water your garden regularly.
- Keep a check on the weather conditions of your area, especially the last frost date.
- Do research before planning out what you want to plant.
If you wish to have a kitchen garden but do not have the time. Take some time to go online. Many local gardeners use online portfolio builders to display their experiences and knowledge in gardening. So you can easily find a gardener to take care of your spring vegetables.
Once you are familiar with what you need, begin your spring harvest with these vegetables that you can easily grow in your kitchen garden.
I love munching on fresh carrots. They are a great snack especially with some hummus. What makes it even better is when you can have some from your backyard. That’s a good way to ensure you get those antioxidants and fiber.
The best part is that they are easy to grow and are ready to harvest in about 75 days. Begin by ensuring that your soil has a pH between neutral to alkaline. And also that it is well drained and moist. As for the weather, you don’t have to worry about late frost days as carrot seeds are frost hardy. But, they definitely need a site that gets regular sunlight. Once you check these boxes, go ahead and sow the seeds. Make sure to water them regularly. And after they are ready to harvest, just pull them out whenever your recipe needs a fresh carrot.
Lettuce is a very versatile food. You can add it to your sandwich, mix it in your salad or use it instead of a tortilla for your wrap. It adds a fresh flavour and crunch to everything. Now, you can make sure that it is the freshest by growing it in your kitchen garden. And once you plant it, you’ll never have to worry about sowing it again. It is also the perfect vegetable for growing in the cool spring weather.
But first, it is important to understand the requirements for growing this leafy vegetable.
Lettuce is heat sensitive. So, you must plant it in an area which is not exposed to long hours of sunlight. But, in case this is not possible, make a shelter. Also, the soil needs to have constant moisture. This is what adds a fresh crunch to your lettuce. But, while less water can be drying for the plant, too much of it can be harmful for its roots. So, maintain a balance and enjoy a healthy harvest within 7 weeks.
If you worry about not getting enough nutrients, grow some spinach in your kitchen garden. Similar to lettuce, spinach grows best during cool climates. Also, you have to sow it once and you’ll have a supply of spinach for a long time. For a healthy plant, you must have a soil of neutral pH and high nitrogen level. Spinach grows well in partial sunlight and a well drained soil. But, too much water can also be harmful for the harvest. If you follow these steps, you’ll have yourself a leafy spinach plant within four to six weeks.
Spring season also calls for a harvest of turnips. These small oval shaped bulbs are a storehouse of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Apart from their health benefits, they form a perfect crunchy and delicious addition to your daily salad. Unlike carrots, lettuce and spinach, turnip requires a soil with an acidic pH for a healthy growth. Also, the soil needs to be sandy, well drained and loose for the bulb to grow. And it goes without saying, water it regularly. Once it is fully matured, you can prepare a delicious meal from its greens as well as the bulb.
Tomatoes are not just delicious, they also add a speck of color to your garden. It is a perfect little plant for your backyard. And once matured, it doesn’t even require much care.
Before sowing your seeds, make sure it is well past the last frost date. As tomatoes require a lot of warmth and sunlight. As for the soil, it must be slightly acidic. Add all the organic nutrients and compost before sowing and continue to water it frequently until it matures. After that, watering your tomato plant twice or thrice a week would be enough.
Now that you know some of the easiest vegetables to grow in your garden. Add in a little bit of your own research and get started. It’s just a little bit of initial effort for a delicious and healthy meal, all from your backyard.