crop vegetablesSpring season is the best time to plant crop vegetables.  April is a great month to sow pea, lettuce, spinach, carrot and beet seeds.  You can also start with potatoes and onions.  When selecting seeds a good rule of thumb is to choose disease resistant varieties – you’ll just have fewer problems in the garden.

Always plant vegetables you like and ones that your family will eat.  Radishes can be planted now and will mature in about 20 to 30 days.  For a continuous harvest, sow seeds every 7 to 10 days until late spring.  Carrots are similar to radishes in that they can be sown in intervals for a continuous harvest from early spring to early August.

Leafy greens include lettuce, spinach, collards, and kale.  All of these plants tend to become bitter with the onset of hot weather and their quality diminishes quickly.  For lettuce try “Black Seeded Simpson” or “Salad Bowl.”

Peas are great to plant this time.Garden, Snow, and Snap peas should be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in spring.  These typically mature in about 60 to 70 days.  Beets should also be sown now and there are several nice varieties to choose from.  Don’t forget that beet greens are also delicious to eat as well.

Vegetable crops should be rotated from year to year.  Many disease organisms are soil-borne and can stay in the soil for several years.  By moving vegetables around in the garden on an annual basis you can reduce the severity of diseases and cut down on insect infestations, which can become a real problem when the same vegetable crop is planted in the same spot year after year.  When rotating keep in mind that you should avoid planting vegetables belonging to the same plant family in the same location for two or three years.

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