Deciding what to plant in your vegetable garden can be daunting. After all, there is almost an overload of information on the web, with detailed instruction on when, how and where to plant specific plants in very specific soils.
Vegetable gardening doesn't have to be that complicated. In fact, there are a couple of vegetables that you can grow directly from seed, in the garden. No seed starting required, no transplanting. Just let nature take over and do it's thing.
Cool Season Vegetables
All of the vegetables listed below qualify as cool season veggies. This means they not only are frost tolerant but also prefer to grow in the colder temps of March - May. The reason is that all of these vegetables are essentially root vegetables, so the part you harvest is under the ground. The leaves and plants themselves are perfectly happy with the cold temps up above the soil.
In fact, most of these plants can only be grown from seed. You are unlikely to find them in flats or 4-packs and the reason is that we don't want to disturb the "harvestable" part of the plant by transplanting them once the plant has germinated and started to grow.
Eight Vegetables You Should Grow from Seed
Very Hardy Vegetables ( Plant March 25th - April 10th)
Frost Tolerant Vegetables (Plant April 20th - May 1st)
All eight of these are easy vegetables to grow. Just put them in the ground and wait for them to germinate. Mother Nature will take care of the rest.
Keep in mind that the dates above are a guideline, not a hard and fast rule. The Barn offers a comprehensive selection of seeds and seed starting supplies. Visit our garden center and our garden experts can help you choose the right selection of seeds for your spring garden.
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