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Spring Vegetable Planting

April 17, 2013

Radish and Spinach Sprouts with our Trusty Watering Can

Why wait for summer? Start your spring vegetable garden now! Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, and come April we can start planting.While many of our summer favorites shouldn’t be planted until after danger of  frost passes (the last frost date for this area is around May 15-25), there are plenty of wonderful veggies that grow happily in cooler spring air. Some even taste better when grown in cool weather, and many are also good crops for fall. Click here for more on cool season vs. warm season crops. A few common cool season vegetables are peas, radishes, lettuce, spinach, kale, and other greens.

The first step to successfully growing veggies is making sure your soil is in good health, as we discussed here. Once you feel good about your soil, it’s time to plant. Refer to your seed packets for planting depths and spacing- dig a trench, drop in your seeds, cover with soil, and lightly tamp down. If the soil is dry make sure to water your seeds right away, but be gentle. If the stream of water is too strong, you can dislodge your seeds. You want to keep the soil moist (not drenched), as moisture is needed for seed germination.
To spread out your harvest, try planting one row of each veggie now, then another a week later. This can allow you to enjoy your produce regularly, instead of getting bombarded by more radishes at once than you know what to do with!
Follow the links below for more information on what to plant when, and don’t wait- the sooner you plant, the sooner you’ll be enjoying the first fresh vegetables from your garden this year!

Planting Guide:

Penn State Extension’s Vegetable Planting and Transplanting Guide:

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