Up until I moved to the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee I had what most people would consider a black thumb, I mean, I could kill silk plants given the opportunity. I never had to worry about anyone asking me to care for their plants when they went away because everyone basically knew that if I looked at the plant it was a gonner. My husband wouldn't even let me touch the seeds of our first 3 gardens (I kid you not) because everything I touched either didn't grow or died shortly after. I felt like I was cursed in the garden so I set out to learn as much as I could about gardening, planting, and the like. Now, I'm no horticulturist, but I've learned a few things about gardening that have yielded some pretty good harvests as the years have gone by. My husband even let me plant the peas ALL ALONE this year! Ha! I can't truly live a country life if I'm dangerous in the garden.
I never realized what I was missing out on when it came to gardening and growing and the joys and benefits of doing it. I've become obsessed with planting and I spend more time researching what I can grow and how to grow it than I ever have before. I am LOVING this new hobby!
If you're just setting out on your country living adventure let me tell you that this is one of the true pleasures of country living. You can enjoy it too and it doesn't matter where you live. With so many folks living in urban areas there are more and more people planting gardens on their apartment balcony's and in container gardens. Where there is a will and a desire, there is a way! Just Google "Container Gardens" and get ready for a TOn of information!
If this is your first time with spring planting I'd go with peas, beets (if you like 'em), cabbage, or even carrots. Peas are one of the, if not the best plant to plant in the spring. Peas thrive in cool, moist, climates and early plantings will produce greater yields than plantings later in the season.
You'll want to make sure that you're soil is about 45 degrees. Peas can tolerate a mild frost, but you should wait until all dangers of a deep freeze are past. Your soil should be moist to the touch and you'll want to plant seeds about 1 inch deep and one to three inches apart with rows spaced about 18 inches apart. Depending on the kind of peas your growing, you may need a trellis if your growing tall varieties.
Some more spring veggies are:
and a few more (See the chart below)
Here is a handy dandy chart I found on Heirloom Seeds (Heirlooms seeds are the best!)
If you've already started your spring planting, I'd love to hear what you've got growing! Feel free to send pictures too! I'll include them on our Facebook Page and if you haven't already done so, join our community! It's free and you can share your gardening adventures with the rest of us..videos are welcome too!
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