Seeds to Sow | Spring
TROPICAL ZONE: Horseradish, Citrus, Zucchini, (Lettuce and Herbs (year-around))
SUBTROPICAL ZONE: Artichoke, Beetroot, Carrot, Kale, Pumpkin
TEMPERATE ZONE: Beans, Celery, Spring Onion, Strawberry (late-season)
COOL ZONE: Artichoke, Carrot, Kale, Kohlrabi, Parsnip
TIP: If you live in a region where spring can still experience cold snaps, you may want to protect delicate seedlings with propagation domes or cloches. They have the added benefit of increasing humidity while keeping the temperature more regular beneath the dome - don't forget to open a vent or provide an air-exchange hole!
TIP: No-Till is a concept of soil gardening that is picking up popularity as more people understand the complex web of life that lives amongst the soil - fungi, worms, microbes and bugs - they all provide a vital service in growing plants. When planting seeds using the no-till method, they are placed in your rows with minimal soil disturbance - just make one pass with your trowel and drop the seed inside. An alfalfa meal top-dress or sugar cane mulch can then provide a trickledown of nutrients as they break down.
TIP: Root to Flower - eat it all! Often times we are used to just harvesting one part of the plant, whether it be leaves or fruits, and using that, but look into some other ways to use your harvested growth. For example, you can use young pumpkin leaves in African curries before you wait for the fruit to grow, beetroot leaves can be great in a salad or juice, and a personal fave is broccoli stalks cubed in a stir fry.