Windy Meadows Farm's Spring Garden Favored Crops


 spring flowers in garden

Spring flowers in garden by Mary Murray

In a sunny corner of the woods behind our farmhouse, there is a welcome blaze of yellow…the forsythia bushes are in full bloom. To our astonishment, each spring they arrive as if they’ve blossomed overnight. With those joyful, cheery flowers comes the unmistakable message…Spring is here!

With our dog Bailey bouncing ahead, I walk outside to see if any of the spring bulbs are blooming. Even with a lingering chill in the air, it’s truly a simple joy to discover the first shoots of daffodils and hyacinths pushing their way through the soil to welcome the gentle green of spring.

Now that the season’s first warm days beckon us outdoors, we’re probably thinking about gardening, making it the ideal time to plant a few early spring crops. Many of my favorites grow beautifully in this month’s cooler temperatures, and whether you’re planning a patio, backyard, or large farm garden, with a little planning, soon you can enjoy spring crops as well.

Before you begin, how is your soil? This is the perfect time to add compost to your garden area. The mixture of rich compost and soil will help the seeds get a strong start with the nutrients they need. Next, rake your garden to loosen the soil so roots can have room to spread; this will also help to keep the soil well-drained. Now, the fun begins…it’s time for what I call my Fab Five of spring crops! Choose your favorites from the list below (reading the planting instructions on each package of seeds), and then before you know it, you’ll be enjoying garden-fresh veggies!

spring veggies in the chair

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