Early Spring Garden Planning



Early Spring Garden Planning


What does “Early Spring” mean?

The term “Early Spring” means something different for every garden zone, but it seems safe to make this post now and it should cover most of the zones. For example, if you live in a colder zone and “early spring” isn’t until Late March, you can still look at these links and start: buying the appropriate seeds, plan where things will be going in your yard/garden, start cleaning up your yard/garden during warm spells, etc.

This post is full of links with both how-to-grow and general information from my site to help make gardening less stressful for you. If you have other herbs/spices, vegetables, and/or fruit that you think that I missed for this EARLY SPRING post, please add them to the comment section below, and I will mostly likely add them! Don’t forget to prepare for early spring gardening even more by checking out my Ultimate Gardening Guide!


Early Spring Crops to start planning:

For the most part, early spring crops are either vegetables that are sensitive to summer heat or certain fruits that need to be planted as early as possible. There are also a few herbs to consider as well. Not all of the following crops are able to be planted in every garden zone, so make sure you click on the links to learn more about each crop! 

This list does not contain crops that need to be started indoors from seed before the frost date for planting in Late Spring. That post will be coming soon! Instead, this is a list of crops that need to be planted as soon as possible in the Early Spring. Some of these Early Spring crops still need to be started as seeds indoors, though, which is why I am posting this list now so that you still have time to get these Early Spring Crops ready in time!


Early Spring Vegetables:


  1. Peas
  2. Arugula
  3. Spinach
  4. Leeks
  5. Asparagus
  6. Carrots
  7. Parsnips
  8. Celery
  9. Sweet Potatoes
  10. Lettuce


Early Spring Fruits:


  1. Blackberries
  2. Blueberries
  3. Raspberries
  4. Cherries
  5. Pears
  6. Plums
  7. Rhubarb


Early Spring Herbs:

**The Early Spring Herbs include both ones to plant in Early Spring and ones that you should propagate in the Early Spring.

  1. Mustard Seedsmustardseed
  2. Valerian
  3. Yarrow
  4. Catnip
  5. Skullcap
  6. Bergamot/Bee Balm



I hope this list helps you prepare for Early Spring Planting!

If you think I left any important crops out, please leave them in the comment section below, and I will research them and most likely add them. 

Are there any crops from this list that you are going to grow for the first time this year?

For further reading: see my Ultimate Gardening Guide for tips on how to have a successful garden this year.


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I start getting my spring crops ready to go around Valentine’s Day. I’m getting ready to order my seeds this week.

Wonderful! Ordering seeds is one of my favorite parts of gardening! 🙂 What are you growing this year?

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I am so glad I found your blog! Tough not a great gardener, I enjoy gardening, cooking and applying the nutrition knowledge I learn from various sources to my and my family’s lives. I usually grow some sort of garden each year. Because of the powdery white mold problem on cukes, squashes and tomatoes, I moved my garden last 2 yrs and that has not helped the issue. I have been very frustrated about that.) This year, I have decided to just grow herbs and peas. Q: Since I didn’t grow much last 3 yrs, I have lots of seeds from 3 years ago. Will they still grow being that old?

Thanks for visiting and commenting! That’s a bummer that you kept dealing with mold problems. Hmm…you might need to space them out more? It could have been bad weather as well. You can always check out my crop rotation post too! As far as seeds go, each type of veggie has a different expiration date. Arugula, for example, has seeds that stay good for at least 3 years (https://www.thehomesteadgarden.com/how-to-grow-arugula/). Others should be used in the first year. So it depends on what seeds you have. It also depends on how you have stored them. Did you keep them in a dry, cool, and dark location? They might still be good then. You could also try wet or dry stratification on the seeds (depending on the plant)
At the end of the day, when in doubt, why not just plant them all and see what happens? It’s better than just throwing them away!

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