You don’t have to leave your house to enjoy the best of spring. Usher in the fine weather with an indoor garden! Because many of these plants include larger seeds that are simpler to handle, they are ideal for kids who want to help, from beginner gardeners to even impatient gardeners. We’ve compiled a list of the best seeds to plant in spring. Check it out!
Most people are aware of the popular vining cucumbers that require climbing support, but for gardeners with limited space, compact shrub varieties are also available. When most people think of cucumbers, they think of long, slender green fruits, but when it comes to heirloom seeds, this crisp, refreshing crop comes in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors. Cover the seeds with soil and sow them 1 inch deep. The first seedlings will appear in less than a week.
In horticultural circles, squash is jokingly referred to as ‘the crop that never fails’. You’ll often end up with more squash than you know what to do with from a single plant! Summer squash, unlike winter squash, is perfect for beginner gardeners because it does not take up as much room as pumpkins and other winter squash. Summer squash can be harvested after 60 days, while baby squash can be harvested as soon as a week after flowering. If your squash starts to rot or break off before they begin to mature, consider interplanting flowers to help with pollination.
Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow from seed, and once established, it will self-seed if you allow it. It’s also quite simple to take cuttings and replant basil from the stems, allowing you to divide a single plant into several plants without having to start new seeds. Basil attracts a lot of pollinators when it’s allowed to flower, so it’s a great companion crop for cucumbers, squash, and fruit trees. Sow the seeds by scattering them and lightly covering them with soil. Basil seedlings develop slowly and gradually in colder spring weather, but once daytime temps hit the 80s°F, they go completely insane.
Pole beans, bush beans, fava beans, shelling peas, snow peas, and snap peas are among the easy-to-grow beginner-friendly crops. They’re also wonderfully enjoyable to plant because the large seeds are easy to handle. It’s a good break from the small seeds that stick to your fingertips and before you know it, you’ve gone through an entire packet without even realizing it! Legume seeds germinate in a few days, and the plants are ready to harvest in 60 to 70 days. In these circumstances, maturation refers to when the pods are ready to be harvested.
This simple project will only take a few minutes of your time and will bring you joy and benefits this spring. If nothing grows, spend another dollar and a half on additional spring seeds and start over. You haven’t wasted anything, but you may have illuminated a little portion of your day.