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The Avid Gardeners Guide: The Best Plants To Grow In The Spring

Spring is here, and if you’re like us, you’re probably counting down the minutes until that last frost and the chance to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty! So we thought it’s the perfect time to share our 10 favourite plants to grow outdoors (and maybe grow indoors while you wai) while the weather is still cool in spring.

Dog getting ready for spring.

Spinach

This leafy green is not only full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, iron, folate, and potassium, but it's also easy to grow. Spinach is a great cool-weather crop that can be grown in containers or directly in the ground that actually performs quite poorly in warmer, temperate conditions. Spinach is a great accompaniment to your salads, smoothies, and even your morning omelet if you’re feeling a little adventurous.

Peas

Snap peas, snow peas, and shelling peas – oh my! Peas are the ultimate cool-weather crop that can be planted early in the spring (you’d hope so with a name like Snow Peas, in particular). Peas are the perfect snack to munch on while you're working in the garden, or fantastic to add to a roast. 

Lettuce

If you're looking for a quick-growing vegetable, look no further than lettuce! It's perfect for beginner gardeners and can be grown in containers or directly in the ground. Certain varieties are better suited to the cold, so make sure you check the label of the lettuce before you go crazy planting a variety better built to withstand heat than cold. 

Radishes

Who says gardening can't be fast-paced? Radishes are a speedy crop that can be harvested in just a few weeks. Plus, they come in a variety of colors, so they'll add a pop of excitement to your garden.

Chives

Chives are a versatile herb that can be used in a variety of dishes, from soups to baked potatoes. They're easy to grow and will give your garden a fun, quirky touch. Did we mention they also smell great and are a perennial (meaning they’ll come back year after year). 

Cilantro

Here’s one you probably wern’t expecting! Cilantro is an herb that can add a kick of flavor to any dish. Despite it’s near instant association with Mexican cuisine, Cilantro grows best in cooler weather, making it the perfect addition to your spring garden. Tacos, anyone?

Dill

Dill is a whimsical herb with feathery leaves and yellow flowers that are sure to brighten up your garden. It's perfect for pickling, but it can also be used in sauces and marinades. Best of all - all the dill you don’t end up using blossoms into a beautiful ornamental flower that’ll add variety to any garden. 

Marigolds 

Marigolds are not only beautiful, but they also repel pests from your vegetable garden. Marigolds grow in a range of fun colors and will add a burst of energy to your outdoor space.

Pansies 

These colorful flowers are a classic choice for early spring gardens. They add a lot of fun to any garden, and like both Violas and Marigolds, they come in a variety of different, exciting colours. 

Violas 

Nope, not the instrument, the flowers. Violas will make you smile every time you see them because of their vibrant, stand out colours. Another bonsu: violas are perfect for container gardens or as a border plant.

Gardening doesn't have to be boring – it can be a fun and energetic activity that brings joy to your outdoor (or indoor space) space. So grab your gloves, put on your favorite tunes, and get ready to plant the 10 best plants for a cool-weather spring garden!

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