If you want to experience the unbeatable fresh taste and health benefits of growing your own vegetables and herbs, a little work on the front end of the season will help you enjoy garden-fresh edibles come summertime and early fall harvesting season. To ensure a successful harvest, have a plan on what – and when – to plant.

A lot of popular favorites are ready to plant now in March. Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, onion bulbs, garlic, peas, and more are great options. Plant them now and they’ll be some of the first edibles ready for harvest in late June or early July. You can take the flavors of your summer cookout to new heights with your own freshly-grown herbs; mint, rosemary, sage, and thyme are all ready to be planted now.

Plant your lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard for the freshest summer salads. Try succession planting: staggering the planting times of your favorites to ensure a continuous harvest, and choose varieties that ripen at slightly different times.

 

They say you reap what you sow, so with a little forethought now, you can plan on a bountiful and varied harvest. Check out our Growing Guide: Edibles Planting & Harvesting Calendar for an easy resource for planting and harvesting schedules of the most popular edibles for your garden. Happy planting!