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Spring Planting!

It is that time and I am an energetic, planting, gardening somebody.

If you are itching to get out in your garden I have some plants you can get going right now.  Well, if you just came out of winter and your ground is workable – you can start these right now.  If you are still buried in snow or living in a jungle somewhere – you probably won’t get good results.

Here in Kentucky, it’s time to get those “cool” season crops in the ground.  Cool crops are sometimes called “spring” crops or “fall” crops.  They like frosty nights and warm days.  In spring it rains 120% of the time around here so anything I plant will sprout and turn into Hercules in 2 days.  The trouble is finding a day that is not raining to get the plants (or seeds) in the ground.

Some Crops you can Plant in cool weather:

  • Collard
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Peas
  • Swiss Chard
  • Onions
  • Radishes

This is not an exhaustive list.  In another couple weeks it will be time for the next planting wave of cool crops that includes:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Turnips
  • Potatoes

Here’s what I’m planting right now if you “click” on the picture it should  take you to a step-by-step article about how you can grow them.  Wee!

How to Grow Garlic.

You will be getting a bit of a late start if you plant garlic right now.  Garlic does best when it is planted before the first frost (Yup, like last year).  BUT I am notoriously late with this and have been pretty happy with my results.  Being tardy has never stopped me from planting something.  I may get smaller bulbs or a later harvest, but I’ll take my chances.

sugar snap feature

How to grow Sugar Snap Peas.

Sugar Snap Peas are like candy.  I grow them in spring and fall.  Peas are easy to grow and there’s never enough.  I planted 2 beds with peas last week.

lettuce again

This is a post that will show you how I Grow Lettuce, radishes, spinach and greens.

These are all pretty easy (except the spinach).  Spinach is a pain because it is really picky about the conditions it wants to germinate.  Once it germinates it’s a cinch.  To get around the high-maintenance pickle of spinach germination, I typically replant if the first sowing doesn’t show up.  I have also started my spinach seeds indoors.  In the house I can baby them and give them the perfect germinating environment.  Go here to see how I start my seeds indoors.

onions

How to grow onions.

Onions.  How I love onions.  I go through so many onions cooking it’s amazing.

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Getting help in the garden!

I thought you might want some help getting all those seeds planted.  Here’s my 7 secrets to getting the kids in the garden.

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Happy Planting!

Candi

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