Edible Plants to Grow in Spring
Now that winter has ended, welcoming spring couldn’t be more exhilarating. Your garden is now ready for a new season of growing, and there are plenty of edible plants to get you started.
The beauty of edible plants is they are not only beautiful to look at. They are also an inexpensive way to nourish yourself. Moreover, growing your own edible garden during spring ensures you know exactly what goes into them. You’re certain that no chemicals and pesticides ever graze what you put on the table.
With spring being a generous time to garden, here are our top edible plants to grow this season.
An underdog of edible gardens, rhubarb doesn’t only boast of deep green texture. It is magnificent to cook with in pies, tarts and cakes. Their red stems can be used to add more attitude to your sauces and pickles. The best part? They are best to grow during early spring, allowing you kitchen indulgence in no time.
Another edible plant you can grow in spring is horseradish. They are a common replacement for wasabi, allowing for more spice and spunk in the dishes you’re going to whip up. Its benefits don’t end in nourishing the body considering how deep-rooted it is. It accumulates minerals, boosting the health of its neighboring trees and plants.
An all-time favorite of just about any gardener. Tomatoes are incredibly versatile, and can be used for pizzas, sauces, pasta, stews, soups, salads and more. Moreover, they are quite easy to grow. All you need is enough space and support for the plant not to bend over and snap. Plus, a good amount of sunlight is what it needs to keep growing.
This is one vegetable that is packed with vitamins and minerals; one we highly recommend you include in your spring gardening. When taken care of, one zucchini plant can yield a bountiful harvest. Just be sure to not leave them out to grow too long. They will keep getting bigger but will be blander in taste. You ideally want to harvest them when they are about 10cm long.
Citrus trees are quite a sight to behold in a garden. The mix of those green hues with lemon, oranges, and mandarin just brightens up any day. The trick to growing citrus trees is to grow them during the early part of spring. They need to have enough time to establish their roots and their bearings just before the warmer weather arrives.
6. Chilies and Capsicum
Other plants to include in your spring garden are capsicum and chilies. They are friendly to grow and can be planted on ground or in a pot. When they are left longer and harvested during summer, chilies become hotter and the capsicum tastes sweeter.
Passionfruit is a gift that keeps on giving in the spring. When you have enough trellis or fence support, they grow vigorously and quite the charm to eat during this season. Be sure to harvest them when they are slightly wrinkled and ensure its soil is well drained at first.
This is one mighty plant that goes beyond garnishing your omelets and noodles. Chives have aromatic properties and are great pest repellants. A great tip when working with this plant is to cut a couple of inches from the ground during early summer.
Take advantage of this season to grow plants that will nourish you inside and out. You can also use raised beds for gardening during this season. Be sure to keep in mind important spring gardening tips so you can make the most of it.