Best Time of Year to Start a Garden

If you’re new to gardening, you may think the growing season doesn’t begin until April or May. But that’s not true, you can start planting seeds much earlier. In fact, you should! If you start the right crops now, you’ll likely be harvesting your own fresh veggies by April or May. There are a handful of plants that thrive in the cooler conditions of late winter and early spring. And in this post, you’ll learn which crops qualify.Best Time of Year to Start a Garden

For beginner gardeners, it’s hard to know when to start gardening, and when to finish. The garden is always there – what needs doing when? You may assume that the key gardening seasons are spring and summer, and you’d be right. But there are significant jobs to do in autumn and winter, too.

What’s more, gardening isn’t just about jobs. Being familiar with the gardening year is as much about knowing what to enjoy at key moments. Not all gardeners garden throughout the year, but there are many benefits in doing so, not least the physical and mental advantages of being outside and enjoying all the garden has to offer. But it’s important to do what works for you.

The following 16 crops tolerate nippy nights and, in some cases, even light freezes:

  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Collards
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Peas
  • Radicchio
  • Spinach
  • Swiss chard

Follow these five steps, and you’ll be harvesting your own salads in no time.

Plan your garden

A solid garden plan considers factors like plant arrangement, sun exposure, and what you actually like to eat.

Secure your growing supplies.

If you want to start your plants from seed, I recommend using seed suppliers.

Clean your Tower Garden.

If your garden has been sitting in storage since the last growing season, it may need quick cleaning.

Plant your spring crops.

Once you have your seeds, follow these tips to germinate them successfully. When your seedlings grow to about three inches tall and have roots protruding from the Rockwool, you can plug them into your garden.

Watch for severe weather.

Cold season crops are pretty tough. Try to anticipate a stretch of freezing weather. In winter the garden is completely dormant, nothing is growing and most wildlife is hibernating. Many gardeners stop gardening altogether at this time of year but there are jobs to do. These largely involve tasks that free-up time in spring, such as cleaning the greenhouse and tidying the shed. You can also pot up container displays of winter-flowering plants, to enjoy through the window. Also, don’t forget to take time to enjoy evergreen shrubs and trees, the remaining berries, and structural plants in the garden.

I hope this guide gets you gardening — and enjoying delicious harvests — earlier than you expected this year.

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