While you may think you need to wait until after the last frost to plant your garden, there are many plants that love the cool crisp mornings and days like the ones we are experiencing now. Cole crops, cool season members of the Brassica family, can be planted early in the spring once the ground can be worked and enriched with manures and compost. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, broccoli and turnips belong to this family. Lettuce, spinach and carrots can also be grown in the early spring.

Even the early plants need some warmth so picking a time to plant when the nights aren't freezing to aid in seed germination. Starting a tray of crops indoors or in a greenhouse can help give the plants a good start. I do both indoors and outdoor starts with peas planted in the ground already showing healthy growth; the outdoor kales and lettuces are coming along fine although not showing the vigorous growth that the indoor started tray is showing especially since I've been setting it outside during the day, these plants love the cool weather. So get ready, experiment, get growing!

While you may think you need to wait until after the last frost to plant your garden, there are many plants that love the cool crisp mornings and days like the ones we are experiencing now. Cole crops, cool season members of the Brassica family, can be planted early in the spring once the ground can be worked and enriched with manures and compost. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, broccoli and turnips belong to this family. Lettuce, spinach and carrots can also be grown in the early spring. Even the early plants need some warmth so picking a time to plant when the nights aren't freezing to aid in seed germination. Starting a tray of crops indoors or in a greenhouse can help give the plants a good start. I do both indoors and outdoor starts with peas planted in the ground already showing healthy growth; the outdoor kales and lettuces are coming along fine although not showing the vigorous growth that the indoor started tray is showing especially since I've been setting it outside during the day, these plants love the cool weather. So get ready, experiment, get growing!