If you’re looking for a fun project you can do in the next couple weeks, look no further than gardening. It may seem early in the year to start planting, but there are quite a few vegetables that thrive when planted or sprouted in April. When you start your seeds inside, the following will grow quite well for you.
Broccoli is one vegetable that is pretty easy to grow. It’s chock full of potassium, Vitamin C and fiber which means it’s an excellent addition to any garden and diet. According to natalebuilders.com, the best way to grow this plant is to, “Start your seeds indoors in a seed cup and be ready to transfer your seedlings into a container no less than three gallons in volume. After 3-4 weeks of growth, start bringing your plants outside for an hour a day to help acclimate them to the outdoor climate, like a goldfish being put in a new tank.” Acclimating your plants is key to ensuring their successful growth.
This might be the easiest plant to grow and it’s full of both Vitamin A and C. When planting onions, you just need to make sure they’re in at least six inches of dirt, and get plenty of sun and water. As the green onion tops start to sprout, you can simply trim off what you need and watch it regrow. It’s important to be mindful of how much you snip. Cutting off too much could prevent more green onion from growing back.
Spinach is a great addition to every garden. It’s full of vitamins, low maintenance and yields quite a bit. The above mentioned article also states, “Catalina Spinach is typically the easiest variety to grow indoors. Start with a pot 6 to 8 inches deep and sow your seeds just half an inch deep. If you’re starting with a seed tray, wait to transplant to a larger pot until three true leaves have formed. Transplant the spinach outdoors two weeks after the last frost and continue to water. A full-fledged spinach plant will grow throughout the summer and into early fall for harvest.” The longevity of this plant is incredible. It will provide you with leaves for months.
This plant is another one that is loaded with Vitamin C. In order to successfully grow bell peppers from seeds, you need to start about two months before the last frost date of the season. You can plant three seeds in a pot and wait for them to start sprouting. The smallest or weakest sprout should be removed leaving the stronger two to grow together. Make sure they’re getting a lot of water and watch them grow until they yield big peppers.
Growing vegetables (especially from seeds) is an incredibly useful skill. Additionally, knowing how and when to plant seeds is crucial. Take time to cultivate your skills and your garden by planting these vegetables in the coming weeks.