Three Things to Plant in Your Garden This Weekend

February 19, 2015

Peas planted now will be a delicious spring treat
Broad beans produce beautiful flowers before the summer bean harvest
Radishes are one of the first crops ready to harvest

Sure, it’s only mid-February. But it’s felt like spring all week long, and that means it’s time to start gardening. You’ve got to start slow, though – only hardy, cold-weather crops are ready to plant this early in the season. Here are three early crops you can plant before the end of the month.

  • Broad Beans: Also known as fava beans, these hardy plants will produce beautiful, orchid-like flowers before the summer bean harvest.
  • Peas: In a small garden, you can maximize space by getting your pea harvest out of the way before it’s time to plant your beans – but that means planting your peas early in the season. Now’s the time, whether you want to rotate crops or just get peas onto your table as soon as you can.
  • Radishes: Radishes are a favourite early crop because they can be planted early and they mature quickly. Plant your radishes this weekend and you’ll be eating them in March.

All three of these crops can be planted from seed straight into the soil outside. Follow the seed packet instructions for seed depth and spacing to maximize your harvest.

Christina Newberry is a Vancouver-based writer and editor who writes lifestyle and travel stories for publications both online and in print. When she's not travelling, Christina can be found exploring Vancouver's unique neighbourhoods or puttering in her community garden plot.
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