Spring is here! While Spring has officially arrived, the cool winter air is still lingering. For those of us that can’t wait to get into our gardens after the long winter cool season vegetables are the answer. Gardening fun is finally back! While Spring has officially arrived, the cool winter air is still lingering. For those of us that can’t wait to get into our gardens after the long winter cool season vegetables are the answer.
Cool Season Vegetables
Cool season vegetables are the first to be planted in the calendar year. These early Spring vegetables can be planted both in early Spring and again in Autumn. Cool season vegetables thrive in cool weather and must be harvested before the summer heat, as only a few can withstand hot temperatures. There are so many delicious vegetables that’s we are so excited to start planting.
Mid to Late Spring
Here is our list of Mid Spring Vegetables we’re preparing to plant and how to care for them in your own garden. For information on your growing zone which we will talk about, be sure to check out our blog, Starting Your Spring Garden.
Asparagus currently ready to grow in USDA Growing Zones 4 to 9. Place your growing asparagus in a spot of your garden that experiences full sun to partial shade. Asparagus love getting at least 8 hours of full sunlight each day. Although asparagus will tolerate partial shade, it will flourish under the full sun.
Asparagus love to grow best in fertile, loose, and well, draining soil. With that in mind, it is important to fill the soil with nutrients and the best way to do that is by working large amount of compost before planting. For good growth your asparagus should be planted in well-drained soil with a soil pH between 6.5 – 7.0.
Patience is a virtue when it comes to asparagus. It shouldn’t be harvested for the first couple of seasons. These plants need to be allowed time to establish before they can be harvested. Good things come to those who wait however, as asparagus beds can be productive for up to 20 to 30 years if maintained properly.
Beets are currently ready to grow in USDA Growing Zones 2 to 11 as they thrive in moderate temperatures from 50 F to 65 F (10-18 C). Beets should be grown in a spot that experiences full sun to partial shade. Beets grow best in well-drained, soil with a pH between 6.0 – 7.0. Grow beets in soil rich in organic matter and add plenty of aged compost to growing beds in advance of planting. If your soil is poor, consider using our OMRI listed Biomin® Starter packed with a variety of nutrients to help rejuvenate any nutrient-deficient soil. If you want to promote early maturity in your beets, we strongly suggest incorporating our OMRI Listed natural growth promoters such as our Fulzyme™–SP or Soluphos SP®.
Beets require 45 to 65 days to reach harvest. Beets roots are best harvested from when they’re about the size of a golf ball to the size of a tennis ball with large roots which may be tough and woody.
We hope you enjoyed our piece on early Spring vegetables. No matter what you are planning on planting, Soluphos SP makes a fantastic growing environment filled with nutrients for plants tarting from seed. For more vegetables to plant now check out our Early Spring Vegetable blog.