21 Quick-growing spring vegetables to jump-start your garden. There's all sorts of choices like carrots, beets, radishes, and broccoli raab, plus a wide range of leafy greens that grow from seed to plate in 60 days. Come see how to get started.
Would you like to have a vegetable garden this year? Here's a quick start guide to starting a spring vegetable garden that's great for beginners! If you would like more in-depth information about vegetable gardening, be sure to check out my Gardening 101 Series!
Turnip – Plant 2 weeks before the last frost date. Any well-drained soil will do. Consistent moisture is key for healthy root development. Although it is not necessary, the greens will be the most tender if you plant in a fertile soil.
Potatoes – Greening of grass is a good indicator of when to plant potato sets, dried potato pieces with 2 to 3 eyes. In my zone 7 garden that occurs in March. Soil should be loose, fertile and well drained. As the tubers mature, cover with soil to prevent burning.
Onions – Onions can be grown from sets, small bulbs, or transplants, which look like scallions and come in a bundle of 60 or so. Either method should be planted in early spring as soon as the soil is workable. Long-day varieties are suitable for Northern gardens and short-day varieties can be planted in the South. Place time release fertilizer in the planting hole so that it is close to the roots. Follow the fertilizer's label directions.