The first main growing season of the year is spring. It's a fantastic time to get a head start on growing your produce and flowers. But which vegetables, fruits, and flowers do best in the spring? And how do you know what will grow best where you live?
Here's how to plan and pick the best produce for the spring season.
A. The seasons.
Think way back to your early elementary school days. There are four main seasons of the year: Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. These seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth as it travels around the sun.
The intensity and length of each season will depend upon where you live on the planet. For instance, Spring in Alaska will look and last a different amount of time than Spring here in Virginia.
But what is Spring? Spring, as defined by Google's dictionary is: the season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear, in the northern hemisphere from March to May and in the southern hemisphere from September to November.
Most gardeners use winter as a time to plan, and spring as a time to get started in the growing seasons that last all the way through to the next winter.
1. Figure out your zone.
The first thing you need to do is figure out your plant hardiness zone. A plant hardiness zone, as defined by Wikipedia is: A hardiness zone is a geographic area defined to encompass a certain range of climatic conditions relevant to plant growth and survival.
So how do you figure it out? It's as easy as locating your home on this awesome map.
Click on the image to go to the government website so you can zoom in on your exact location to get specific.
Fox's garden is located in zone 7. This means we'll be looking for plants that do well in this zone for the best results.
2. Learn about which plants grow best in which seasons.
Next, start familiarizing yourself with which plants to do better in the different seasons. You can always experiment with any plant you'd like. However, to maximize your effort, or if you are just starting out, it can be useful to pick the classic spring veg for spring, summer, for summer, and so on.
Here's a very useful set of lists from the USDA to get you started.
Click on the image to go to the entire list of seasonal produce on the government website.
D. What we're planning.
So what are we planning to do here in Fox's Garden for the Spring of 2020?
We've decided on a number of basic spring crops to start with. Specifically, we're looking at:
Virginia bluebells edible flower
nasturtiums edible flower
We still have to get our boxes together and look at our sprouting options. We will be posting more on our specific breeds and plans coming up.
So what are you waiting for? Pick some common spring crops and order the seeds! The longer you wait the more likely they could sell out. Here are a few handy seed retailers on the internet. Do not forget to check out your local options too :D
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