The Best Veggies to Plant in Spring

Spring is the best planting time for obvious weather reasons. There’s also the fact that there are fewer insects and pests in the air. Whether you are an experienced gardener or a total newbie, this will be the busiest period for you — but it will be oh so rewarding!

Still, spring planting may not be as easy as it seems and the results may not always be satisfactory. For one thing, the weather is still unpredictable and the soil is still damp, which means that planting many vegetables actually involves a risk.

Here is a list of four spring vegetables that pretty much cannot be planted wrong if you follow these facts and tips. Read on and imagine the mouthful of tasty results without worrying that you will blow it all!

1. Lettuce

Lettuce is probably your favorite salad ingredient, so let’s start with that. The cool and somewhat damp spring weather is known to be the ideal time for growing lettuce. Remember that lettuce does take a little protection to get it going in the early days of spring, but it doubtless comes out best when growing in the cool spring air. Use just a little frost protection, and during springtime, you’ll have about 2-3 succession plantings.

2. Asparagus

Asparagus may not be the typical choice of newbie gardeners, but it will tend to grow better with time, and including it in your springtime planting plans will surely pay off. Asparagus plants get more productive with each year and a good harvest can last for several months. Even if you thought you didn’t particularly like asparagus, give it a chance when freshly picked. It’s a whole different experience.

Birds eye view of a woman gardener weeding an organic vegetable garden with a hand fork.

3. Peas

There is almost no good time to plant peas except for mid-spring — they don’t like freezing temperatures but suffer in heat even more. It has been confirmed that peas planted later in April will catch up with those planted in March, so don’t miss this period.

The favorite types to plant include snow peas, shelling peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas. Try them all to figure out your own faves. The differences with fresh ones can be bigger than you think.

4. Spinach

Finally, spinach is an important veggie that can safely be planted in spring. It loves cool weather. Otherwise, it tends to bolt to seed, which is why we don’t recommend planting it in other seasons. The good news is, getting it to grow is easy, and it grows very quickly. Therefore, you won’t need to wait much to enjoy the products of your work.

Start your spring off with these four growing veggie treats and enjoy the results! As time goes by, you may start experimenting more, but these four strike the right balance between the chances of growth success and value to your plate. But remember: Vegetable gardening is as much about the process as it is about the food, so spare moments to admire the beautiful, changing sprouts in your surroundings.