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Spring is a wonderful time to plant vegetables, many you can plant before the last spring frost. Here’s a list of spring vegetables to plant, then I’ll share when you can sow them before your last spring frost and how to grow many of them. Lastly remember that spring vegetables can be prone to bolting. That means if your springs get hot very quickly, some of these cool season crops get stressed out and try to flower. Here are some tips to preventing bolting.
List of vegetables to plant in the spring
- Radishes (try a fun Easter Egg colorful blend)
- Mesclun Greens
- Swiss Chard
- Spring greens (spring cabbages)
- Mustard greens
- Turnips ( I love salad turnips in the spring!)
- Cauliflower (try colorful cauliflower!)
- Green onions
- Peas (Sugar, Snow or Snap)
- Mache/Corn Salad
- Chinese vegetables like Gai Lan or Choi Sum, Pac Choi
Vegetables you can plant before your last spring frost
- 6-8 weeks: arugula, mache, spinach
- 4-6 weeks: peas, radishes, claytonia,
- 3-5 weeks: lettuce, green onions/scallions, radishes, swiss chard, turnips,
- 3-4 weeks: broccoli, broccoli raab, cabbage, brussel sprouts, collards, kale, mizuna, mustards, bok/pak choi,
- 2-4 weeks: carrots, mibuna, parsnips, plant potatoes, tatsoi
- 1-2 weeks: endive, rutabagas
How to grow these spring vegetables
- Kale Plants + Choosing Varieties
- Grow Super Colorful Radishes (+ Radish Recipes)
- Salad Turnips a Tasty Gourmet Vegetable
- Arugula Leaves (Rocket Lettuce)
- Lettuce Plants for Fresh Garden Salads
- Growing Carrots from Seed: 3 Tips for Success
- Broccoli Leaves- a New Garden Super Food
- Grow 52 Weeks of Fresh Greens
Check out my greens growing guide!
- Best Ways to Grow Potatoes for more Yields
- Grow Komatsuna Greens (Mustard Spinach/Tendergreen)
- Grow Mustard Greens like Mizuna, Tastoi, Giant Red
- Spring Greens (Tender Spring Cabbages)
- Growing Turnip Greens + How to Cook Them
Happy Spring Planting!
My name is Isis Loran, creator of the Family Food Garden. I’ve been gardening for over 10 years now and push the limits of our zone 5 climates. I love growing heirlooms & experimenting with hundreds of varieties, season extending, crunchy homesteading and permaculture.