Hey Everybody! Jerry Greenfield here! Hope you’ve all been well since my last article. In this article, I intend to provide some hope for those of you planning on kick-starting your survival garden for springtime. We’re halfway through the cold season and spring is within our sight. We need to start thinking about what we’re going to plant once the ground is warm enough and not a frozen block of dirt!
Following are a handful of vegetables you can plant in early March. These are hardy vegetables that can withstand the winter frost and will flourish once it gets warm enough. For some of you, you may need to wait until closer to the end of March, depending on where you live.
- Lettuce is a good vegetable to plant in late winter/early spring. In fact, I have a couple container plants of lettuce growing on my back patio right now. Yes, they don’t look all that healthy, but they are alive and I can get a few leaves off of them every few days. Planting lettuce in your garden in March will ensure that you have a bountiful harvest come spring. A good idea is to actually sow your lettuce seeds one row at a time, waiting a week or so between each row. That way all of your lettuce doesn’t come to fruition at the same time and your harvest season will last longer.
- Radish is another hardy vegetable that can stand the cold temperatures of late winter/early spring. In addition, radishes are also a quick growing vegetable—you can typically harvest them within just 1 month of planting. Again, you can stagger the timing of your planting so that not all of your radishes are ready for harvest all at once.
- Peas are an absolute hit with springtime! Because of their pods, peas can really withstand the last of the winter months’ chills and frost. If you plant your peas in March, you should be able to start picking them in May sometime. Studies have actually shown that you will get a larger harvest if you plant your peas in late winter/early spring, rather than waiting until the cold temps are completely gone.
- Leeks are a favorite of mine. They do well in cooler weather, but you’ll probably want to wait until the end of March when the winter’s frost is done for the year. Growing from seed can be difficult, so if you can find seedlings at your local nursery or garden center, you may just want to “cheat” and go with them. Leeks are slow growing, so you may have to wait until summertime to enjoy them—that’s why it’s a good idea to plant them as soon as possible!
Well, I hope I’ve given you some ideas and inspiration to start working in your survival garden as soon as possible! Do a little research and ask around to find out what other types of plants grow well in your area in late winter/early spring and start growing! Talk to you soon!