Everybody loves spring! The weather gets a little warmer, the colour returns to plants and trees, and that spring smell is undeniable! It’s also a great time of year to revitalise your garden so you can get out there and enjoy it.
The Amico team are lucky, we’re out in the garden all the time during this special time of year, and we revel in it. And we’ve also are noticing far more people enquiring about planting vegetables this season, and why shouldn’t they! Not only do you get some cool and unique looking plants for the garden but you can trim some items from the grocery list and can enjoy some delicious food that you have grown yourself!
To help you increase your salad game this spring, the following vegetables are perfect for springtime planting directly into the ground.
Every salad needs some lettuce, and there are plenty of flavours to choose from. There are also plenty of colours if you want to move away from all the greens in your garden. Lettuce is easy to grow and maintain, and the spring season is a perfect time to plant it.
You can expect it to take around two months for lettuce to be salad bowl ready, at which point you simply pick, wash, and enjoy!
Once again available in a range of colour options, carrots are full of vitamins and can be a sweet addition to your salad composition.
As they are root vegetables they require a decent amount of sun and water, but the great thing about carrots is that you can pick them early when they are just baby carrots if you want them to be a little softer, or wait them out until they are fully matured to get the classic carrot crunch!
If you are a fan of peppery flavours, then you’ll want to look at planting some Arugula this spring. This green plant grows very quickly, often ready in just a few weeks but keep in mind; it does require a sufficient amount of water.
Pro tip: With all of your spring plants, and especially Arugula, try using a cover which will help warm the ground and speed up the growing process.
Naturally, we had to put one of the best superfoods on this list, as it is hard to go past the health benefits of beets. It also helps that they are very easy to grow!
Cool air actually improves the flavour of a beet while also assisting in their growth. If things get too warm, however, they can be ruined. So it’s essential to keep an eye on them, judging them by their size, and when they look pretty delicious… just pick and prepare them to eat!
Radishes are another fast grower, only taking a few weeks to be ready to go. Of all the options on this list, radishes are the easiest vegetable for beginners, and you can eat them raw or use them as a garnish.
Kale is another vegetable with significant health benefits, but you’ll want to start this one off indoors.
Give your kale a few weeks inside while it germinates and when it turns into a small plant, move it to the garden. Keep in mind that Kale does require a fair bit of light and well-drained soil.
Did you fill you up with too many vegetables? Try adding some fruit options to your patch as well!
Your Own Vegetable Patch
There are few things more satisfying than enjoying the food you have grown from scratch! If you need a little help getting your vegetable patch off to a great start,let the gardening experts at Amico know!
We can assess the area you have to work with and see what vegetables will work best. We can also help plant them, and set you off down the path towards freshly grown vegetables from your backyard to your table this spring.