Grow a Garden Salad with These 13 Vegetables You Can Plant in Early Spring
Charred carrots. Warm, roasted potatoes. Juicy, delicious sugar snap peas. In the dead of winter, the joy of cooking up some of these comfortable favorites may be the light at the end of the tunnel we all need, but don’t sit in that dreamland too long, because before you know it, it will be time to ready your garden for vegetables to plant in spring. And with direct sow vegetables that are so inexpensive (usually just under $3), even beginners can grow vegetables without much to lose.
Knowing when to plant your early spring vegetables is not an exact science, and it involves a little bit of well-calculated risk. The first day of spring in 2020 is March 19, but that doesn’t really help here. You’ll need to know your hardiness zone and when the last frost date is in order to really be able to determine when “early spring” starts for your area.
The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone is a map that breaks down areas by temperature. It’s based on the average minimum winter temperature of the area and there is a 10 degree F difference for each zone. If you’re an avid gardener, you’re probably well aware of your zone, but if you’re not, you can enter your zip code in the top left corner of the website and it will tell you. For example, Atlanta is in Zone 8a. Los Angeles is in Zone 10b. The higher the zone number, the warmer the average minimum temperature.
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