just-planted spring container vegetables

Early Spring Container Veggies

Did you know there are vegetables you can plant right now? Even if there are still patches of snow on the ground and the soil is hard as a rock? Thank God for containers! Containers make it possible to start gardening long before it seems feasible. And anyone can plant up a few containers, no matter how small your outdoor space may be. After a long dreary winter, who doesn’t want the promise of fresh home-grown veggies energizing their patio or balcony?

Now, you’ll have to choose what to grow wisely, based on where you live. Read the backs of the seed packets carefully to find cold hardy varieties. Safe bets are lettuces, arugula, spinach, peas, radishes, cabbage, kale, onions and leeks. The packet should say to what temperature the plant is hardy. You can also ask an associate for recommendations. Just remember, if the forecast calls for nighttime (or even daytime) temps that fall below that, you’ll have to bring your plants in. Luckily, containers allow you to do that! So, grab a few of your fave containers, some potting soil formulated for vegetables, and get planting. Here’s what I used:

Materials:

  • 4 small-medium containers of varying shapes
  • Potting soil for veggies
  • Spinach seeds
  • Lettuce mix seeds
  • Radish seeds
  • Pea seeds
  • Gardening gloves
  • Trowel
  • Watering can

Instructions:

  1. If your containers have large drainage holes in the bottom, cover them with something that will still allow the water to drain, but not the soil, such as weed cloth, garden mesh, shards of pottery, even pantyhose will work.
  2. Fill the pots with potting soil to the top and press down to firm the soil.
  3. Per the planting instructions on the seed packets, sprinkle seeds evenly over the soil or make shallow rows in the soil with your trowel and sprinkle the seeds in the rows.
  4. Cover the seeds with a fine layer of soil and press lightly to firm.
  5. Water your pots well with a fine mist so as not to disturb the seeds, set your pots in a sunny to partly sunny location (per package instructions), and enjoy watching the bounty of early Spring come to life!
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