What Are Good Small-Space Garden Vegetables for Spring?

“What food crops can I plant in my vegetable plot this upcoming spring, if any?  I already dug out my summer plot and have limited land, so I would like to use it, if possible.” Question from Jennifer of Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania

Answer: There are so many wonderful cool-season spring vegetables that will grow well in your limited garden space. These can be started indoors as early as late January and planted outside in mid to late March in your area (Click here to learn more about seed starting). For smaller gardens, choose more compact varieties. Here are good spring vegetables to consider growing:

Cole crops (cabbage, cauliflower, collards, broccoli, kohlrabi, and kale), greens (arugula, endive, lettuce, mustard greens, radicchio, and spinach), spring root crops (radishes, potatoes, scallions, spring carrots, and turnips), and peas are all excellent spring vegetables. Most of these don’t need a lot of space. Some of the “larger” crops, like cabbage and peas, all have compact varieties available, if you search for them in seed catalogs. For example, the little ‘Farao’ cabbage and 2-3-foot ‘Sugar Daddy‘ snap peas are both small are space-saving.

Spring is also a great time to plant cool-season herbs, like chives, cilantro, and dill, as well as some fruits, like strawberries.

Below are some more articles and videos to consider reading/watching on the subject of spring edibles.

Happy gardening,

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist

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Easy Peasy: Tips for Planting Peas

Golden Sweet Edible Peas - Jessie Keith
Snow Peas: ‘Golden Sweet Edible Pod’.

Peas taste of spring. Whether snow, snap or shelling peas, all grow the same. Here are some helpful tips for planting peas in your Spring garden…

Plant in earliest spring; light frost won’t harm them. Provide full sun and friable soil fortified with Black Gold® Compost Blend. Pre-soak seeds overnight and plant two-inches deep, eight-inches apart. Trellis vining types. Harvest wafer thin snow and juicy snap peas when young and tender and shelling when plump and bursting.

Easy peasy!