How To Make Your Vegetables Grow Early in The Spring


Soon enough winter will be over and one of the best things to look forward to in spring is the growth of new plants and flowers, coming back to life again. If you are an avid gardener, it will apply especially to your own garden and plants. If you grow vegetables, it will almost be unbearable waiting for the new crops, but there are ways to work around this.

It’s all about being smart and getting to planting early in ideal conditions or setting up plants from different sources so you can be ready for a crop earlier in the spring.

1. Choose Fast-Growing Seeds: One of the best ways to get ahead in spring is to choose seeds and seedlings that grow very quickly without much maintenance needed. They are called quick-crops, and take just under a month to grow. These crops include radishes, baby salad vegetables and turnips, with many others to choose from. Most of these are cool season crops so they can develop well during the end of winter and can be harvested by the beginning of spring.

2. Use A Seed Calendar: if you’re itching to grow your vegetables and it’s not quite the end of winter yet, you can always plant during the last week of the winter month for the month ahead. So you know what to plant, you can use a seed calendar to know what would be the best options. Don’t start planting during that month, work from the previous month to take advantage of the time. As they say, the early bird gets the early worm…or crop.


3. Start Planting Indoors: If the weather conditions are not optimal for you to plant outside, you can always plant early from indoors. You can easily do this by using a mini garden greenhouse that you can keep near a source of sunlight and air. It is much easier to maintain and grow spring plants from indoors as it would be warmer and has the best humidity conditions to help the plants develop.

4. Don’t Forget Fertilizers: To keep your plants healthy, don’t forget to use compost or fertilizer for your plants, whether you’re planting them indoors or outdoors. This will lessen the risks of plants dying as they are growing in slightly unusual conditions, and can increase the quality of crops that will be harvested later. If you don’t have your own compost, you can always buy small packs of fertilizer if you’re growing plants indoors.

5. Get Transplants: If it’s too inconvenient to grow your own plants indoors or outdoors, you can somewhat cheat and get your crops early by purchasing transplants. Choose healthy saplings from reputable nurseries and simply plant them wherever you prefer once spring begins. As they have already moved past their earlier stages, they won’t be as fragile and difficult to grow.

As an additional tip, make sure to protect your plants if possible, especially against pests outside and inside your house. The last thing you would want is to lose your crops before they even yield. You don’t have to wait until spring has come to get ready for a great harvest. If you have an excited green thumb and want to grow your spring crops early and quickly, keep these tips in mind!

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30 thoughts on “How To Make Your Vegetables Grow Early in The Spring

  1. Here in Florida, its time to start seeds for fall garden. Can’t grow anything in the garden during the summer here. But I love being able to have fall, winter and spring gardens. Thanks for sharing

  2. I never thought about the indoor outdoor transplanting idea! It makes sense though! I do have a green thumb with house plants, but that’s about it. Thanks for the tip, my friend is always growing something -so I’ll share this with her

  3. I wish I had a yard so I can do some vegetable planting. All I have are herb planters and large pots where I grow cherry tomatoes and finger chili. I’ll share this post with my sister. She has a medium sized backyard and she loves growing vegetables.

  4. I wish I had more time and energy to do stuff like this. Maybe next Spring I can do this. Would save us so much money, and be so much fun!

  5. These are great tips on how to make your veggies grow early in the spring. In our area we still get frost on the ground and still have snow most of the time. The indoor mini greenhouse is a great idea and something I will be checking this out for sure. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  6. Great season extending tips. The crazy weather round my parts it would benefit me to practice some of these. Thanks for sharing.

  7. We always start things like lettuce inside from seed, because it grows easy and fast. But tomatoes are best purchased as plants, else they will be tall and spindly from trying to grow fast under indoor light. You want strong tomato plants to handle the fruit.

  8. Remember we had a late freeze come in & my mom covered up with an electric blanket with a tarp over it Bent some coat hangers to keep it off the vegitation.

  9. I’ve tried some of the things you suggested and they all worked great. My problem is when I plant things outside. I have a HUGE squirrel and rabbit problem…they eat everything before I can, sometimes they even tear the tops off the plants. I’ve tried a lot of things to prevent them, but I can’t cover a whole big garden with chicken wire. Have any good ideas?

    1. Oh boy! What a problem. I’m not sure what you can do about the rabbits, but with the squirrels have you tried a bird feeder opposite of your garden that will attract them there. I know where I live the bird feeders, actually feed the squirrels. LOL! I haven’t had a problem with rabbits, but the squirrels yes, can be a problem. Also have you tried an Owl like scarecrow placed near the garden?

  10. Great Tips on getting your Vegtables growing faster and earlier. I wish there was a way I could grow tomato plants faster and earlier. They are my Favorite and this year we didn’t even plant them because they just don’t grow soon enough! 🙂 I would even use a green house if that would help? Do you have any tips for growing tomatos? Sure would appreciate it.

  11. Thankyou for sharing your post~ I am going to try my hand with Growing early tomatoes. I need to have them very well on their way before I make a nice Greenhouse for them in the Spring~ Otherwise they don’t start ripening till late summer and we never get very many! You awesome Post showed me how! 🙂

  12. I love the idea of growing your own vegetables. Unfortunately, I have a black thumb. So I’m going to share this with my SIL and ask her to do it for me! lol

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