Why do we grow in the early spring? We grow in the early spring because it forces us outside, if only for 10-15 minutes per day. We grow in the spring because by winters end we’re sick of black, mucky lettuces, grown inside under lights. We grow in the early spring so that when Memorial Day rolls around and most people start their gardens, we’re already reaping all that was sown and bringing homegrown deliciousness to the party.
My spring gardens are lush and packed with leafy greens, arugula, Boston Bibb and Romaine, snap peas and herbies like cilantro, mint and parsley. Its a smorgasbord of fiber, folate and vitamins C and K. Growing your own food is part of a healthy lifestyle.
Early spring is also a great time to install new gardens. We added a second growing box to Katharine’s backyard edible garden yesterday. She’s now ready for spring and summer. Way to Keep Growing, Katharine!
I get asked a lot, isn’t it too early to be planting? Sure it is, if you are planting our heat loving summer crops like tomatoes, basil, cucumbers and squash. Im not setting out my summer crops until June. Most of our summertime favorites require 60 degree temps both day and night and can’t/won’t tolerate cold and wet soil. Our spring crops like lettuces, onions, carrots, radish and snap peas love the cooler temps. They thrive in it. So, don’t believe the hype. There’s no need to wait until after Memorial Day to start growing. Get outside and sow some seeds or plant some seedlings. It’s a beautiful time of year.
Gardens by Renee is dedicated to teaching people how to grow their own food through inspiration, education and cultivation. We design, build and maintain edible landscapes and pollinator gardens, creating healthy habitats for people, pollinators and plants.