7 Best Vegetables To Grow In Spring

7 Best Vegetables To Grow In Spring

In the UK, spring is a great time to plant seeds to grow vegetables. The weather is milder, and there is plenty of sunlight from early spring. Cool weather leads to a range of 'spring vegetables that can be grown in just a few weeks.

If you are thinking about starting a vegetable garden, it is important to plan ahead for the growing season so you can enjoy a summer harvest. Firstly, check for the last frost date in your area to identify the best time. Usually, mid-spring is a great time to start growing! Secondly, you will need to choose the right vegetables for your climate and soil type and make sure you have enough space for them.

 

 

You will also need to prepare the soil and buy or sow the seeds to reap the benefits of a beautiful spring garden!

If you are looking for a challenge, you could try growing vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers. These vegetables need warm weather to thrive, so they should not be planted until late spring or early summer.

 

7 Easy Spring Vegetables You Can Grow Yourself

 

This selection of spring vegetables is perfect for both beginners and intermediate gardeners alike. They all produce a wealth of food to be harvested, and some can be picked over and over again too.

  1. Lettuce
  2. Spinach
  3. Radishes
  4. Carrots
  5. Beets
  6. Broad Beans
  7. Turnips

The great thing about this combination of vegetables is that they provide the perfect ingredients for refreshing summer salads, a selection of perfect accompaniments to a Sunday roast, and even an option for pickling.

 

Lettuce

 

 

The two main types of lettuce are the hard-cored hearting lettuce and then the loose-leafed ones. These loose-leaf lettuce varieties can be grown very easily and will continue to provide you with tasty salad leaves for months.

  • Sow ½ inch deep in rows 1ft apart starting in March through to early August
  • Water when soil is dry in the morning and cover with fleece if it gets frosty
  • Thin out seedlings often, using the baby leaves in salads and as healthy toppings

 

Spinach

 

 

This healthy, leafy vegetable is packed with iron and protein, making it a perfect addition to any diet. It grows fast and easily and is perfect for almost any dish, from pasta to curries and salads. Your spinach needs some quality fertile soil that retains moisture to thrive, so it grows very well in the shade.

 

Radishes

 

 

Radishes are another fantastic addition to salads, adding a slightly fiery and flavoursome crunch to your dish. They can be somewhat temperamental if you don't take care of them properly, but with enough care, you'll have a wonderful harvest.

  • Keep soil moist as the roots can split if it gets dry
  • These grow fast, so you won't need many
  • Replant radish tops, and a new radish will grow!

 

Carrots

 

 

Nothing beats a great homegrown carrot, and this cornerstone of the crop world is the perfect choice if you've got a little bit of space. Plant some of these in a raised bed alongside rows of potatoes and other root vegetables.

  • Sow thinly at ½ inch deep
  • Protect vulnerable seedlings from slugs using traps
  • Don't overwater – a good soak once a week will suffice

 

Beetroot

 

 

Beetroot or beets are perfect vegetables due to their adaptability. Slice them on top of a salad, roast them up on a Sunday afternoon, or throw them in an airtight jar with some vinegar and some mustard seeds for some delicious pickled beetroot.

  • Sow in batches every few weeks between March to July for regular harvests
  • Use a nitrogen-rich fertiliser for better growth
  • Harvest starts in the early summer months

 

Beans

 

 

Beans are all fantastic additions to any garden as they produce a lot of food in such a small area due to their verticality. They require a sunny space with a bit of cover and should be sown outside during March and April to be harvested over the entire summer.

  • Sow seeds fairly deep – about 2 to 3 inches
  • Sow in rows and support plants as they grow using garden string and canes
  • Continue to soak plants when they begin flowering and regularly water dry soil

 

Turnips

 

 

Turnips are perfect for harvesting during the winter months and make for an amazing addition to a hearty stew. However, you can grow early turnips, sowing in March to harvest throughout the summer. 

  • Cover with a mesh that is insect-proof to avoid cabbage root fly larvae 
  • Avoid stunted, woody roots by watering regularly during dry seasons
  • Ensure good drainage in the soil to reduce the risk of clubroot

 

Conclusion

 

There are so many amazing crops that you can grow right in your back garden, and with enough care and consideration, you'll be well on your way to becoming more self-sustainable. Once you've gotten the hang of growing these simple yet satisfying options, you can add more of your favourites for an exciting garden assortment.