Tomatoes do well in warm soil so wait until late spring to get started. Since they need a lot of room to grow and spread, make sure there is enough space between each seed. Compost and fertilizer will also provide the right amount of nutrients for the plants.
Tomatoes can get quite tall, though, so be prepared to provide some sort of support structure as they grow.
Bell and Chilli Peppers
Peppers are a spring garden favorite but if your overnight temperatures still haven’t hit 55° F, you might be better off starting with the seedlings inside. Once the temperature warms up, you’ll be free to transplant them.
The great thing about lettuce is that the plant comes in so many varieties, you can dedicate a portion of your garden to it. Lettuce grows quickly so if you choose one of the varieties that can re-grow after being cut, you can have up to three successful succession plantings.
New plants can be added every two to three weeks as long as the weather remains cool and you water them often.
Beets like the cool soil you have in the early spring so that’s the best time to plant them. To get started, it’s recommended that you soak the seeds in warm water before planting them three inches apart. The plants don’t need a lot of room but make sure the soil is loose and free of stones. You’ll also need to water them well.
Since potatoes usually tolerate the cold well, you’ll be fine with planting them in early spring. These plants need quite a bit of attention though. To start, the soil needs to be loose and acidic when you’re starting with the cuttings.
As the plants from the cuttings grow, you can add more soil. Bear in mind that potatoes don’t do well under the full sun so plant them where they can be covered.
It might be tempting to throw every plant you can think of into the ground this spring, but you’re more likely to reap the rewards of a great garden if you take things slowly. Assess what each plant needs and determine what you can manage.
A small plot that’s flourishing is better than a large one that has nothing going on.