Spring Into Gardening
Signs of spring mean one thing for gardeners: time to plant the first seeds of the year. With warm temperatures during the day and colder temps at night, cool-season vegetables are perfect for this time of year, including radishes, lettuces, spinach, beets, and any kind of peas and carrots. Here are some tips to help sow your seeds:
- Plant seeds in succession for when they’ll be ready. For example, some radishes mature in 14 days, while beets take 60 days.
- Clear the planting area, removing sod or weeds and debris that may have settled from winter.
- Plant on a cool, cloudy day if possible.
- Mulch at the base of seedlings to help insulate them from the cold.
- Planting near a structure that breaks the wind increases the ground temperature.
- Water as needed, depending on how rainy or dry the weather is.
- Check the label on your plants for recommended spacing. For best results, do not reduce the distance – the plants will get larger than you might think!
Find more gardening tips at utgardens.tennessee.edu.