Spring Crops: Getting your hands dirty now!

March 02, 2023 Angela and Mandi Season 4 Episode 6
Spring Crops: Getting your hands dirty now!
Show Notes

Peas: Can be sown when soil temps are between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Shelling peas: for storage

Snap peas: fresh eating

Sweet peas: flowers, not edible

Sow ¼-½” deep in well draining soil. Keep moist through germination and while growing.

Trellis is required. 

Peas have thigmotropism: the ability to feel with sense of touch

Radish: Can be sown when soil temps reach 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pay attention to radish size, depth, and soil needs when planting.

Grow very quickly!

Carrots: Very difficult to germinate

Seed tape vs. sowing seeds – heavily sow and thin if needed

Keep moist until sprouting (the board trick)

Growing temps of around 40 degrees are great for sweeter tasting carrots

Carrots require fluffy soil with good tilth. Rocks in soil make squiggly carrots.

Bok Choi/Pak Choi/Bok Choi:

Prefers temperatures between 55 and 70 degrees fahrenheit

Prone to flea beetles; use coffee grounds in soil at planting time

Keep moist and cool, provide shade cloth if needed

Beets and Turnips:

Sow typically a few weeks before last frost. Requires temperatures in 40s to germinate and sprout. Keep moist. Sow heavily and thin as needed. Greens and roots are edible. Pay attention to variety for root size–some will never reach larger than a golf ball!


Sow 6 weeks before last frost. Prefers cold temps! Excellent for direct sowing when soil is workable, though does well started in seed cells too.

Crop is ready in as little as 6 weeks from harvest.

Spring Onions:

Plant in cool weather, but only when nighttime temps no longer fall in the 20Fs. Plant no more than one inch deep in seed cells or when direct sowing to avoid root growth restriction. Sow heavily and thin as needed.


Plant bare root crowns and mulch surrounding soil with straw as soon as the soil can be worked. Be sure to identify desired variety; everbearing or June-bearing.


Cold season herb. Flowers are medicinal. Can be grown in spring and fall.

Remember! Some of this might be applicable to you now or in a few weeks. Either way we hope we have encouraged you to get out in your gardens and start growing something beautiful. 

Angela- @axeandroothomestead
Mandi- @wildoakfarms