7 Vegetables to Start Now | Early Spring Gardening Tips: P. Allen Smith

Now is the time to start planting your vegetable garden! Here are 7 early spring crops you to get you started. Plus, 3 bonus gardening tips for a bountiful harvest.

Planting Bare-Root Asparagus
Planting Peas along Trellis
Growing Garlic from Cloves
Planting Spinach from Seed
Planting Swiss Chard from Seed
How to Grow Potatoes in a Basket
Starting Tomatoes from Seed
DIY Raised Beds / Soil Amending
Pruning Fruit Trees
Use of Pine Straw Mulch

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P. Allen Smith is a landscape and garden designer, horticulturist, preservationist and television host. His passions span the subjects of community, health, sustainability and history. He has designed the grounds at many of the nation’s most notable estate properties, townhomes, and commercial complexes. And, for over 19 years, he has shared his green knowledge and insight with the public via ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, his own PBS television, and six book titles. Currently, Allen is focused on residential, commercial and community designs that are beautiful, improve our contentedness, and our social and physical health.

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  1. sapphireblue222 on May 23, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    I’m a lifetime gardener and since youtube began I have been watching gardening channels. You, sir, have the VERY BEST advice and teachings on the subject.

  2. James Storm on May 23, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Lose that music, buddy, it’s distracting, like trying to hear someone in a bar with the band playing. Otherwise, your video is good!

  3. Valeria Vincent-Sancisi on May 23, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    what is the exposure you have oriented the peas?

  4. Shilo Wilson on May 23, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Love these videos but in some vids, the music is louder than your voice and hard to listen.

  5. christopher fitch on May 23, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Solid info thanks..…music distracting and annoying

  6. Linda Lober on May 23, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing, my husband was the gardener. He died of Cancer 4 years ago. so I am working his 30’x 50′ garden area with a greenhouse in the middle. I designed it the way he wanted it. But he had the green thumb. I need all the help I can get. Want to get one of those dribbler. If I can’t afford rasied bed,s can I continue to do row planting with a mulch top?

  7. Yellow Jacket on May 23, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Tons of useful info squeezed into 1/2 hr. Thank you so much

  8. Pamela Bean on May 23, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    Love this and all your videos and what I’ve seen on TV. I’m not just cheep I’m trying to live in poverty which is a big adjustment. Hurt my back very badly and need surgery. I have lots of questions but don’t want to make a long comment especially in a public forum. Anyway 1 of my questions is do you happen to have a tutorial on how to make that awesome trellis? I happen to live in Ohio zone 6. And I’ve always heard not to plant outside until mother’s day? Which is a long time from now so I don’t know what I can start? As you can tell I’m a beginner and not real sure what I can do with my back being so bad. Thank you for the great video!

  9. Natalia Piacente on May 23, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Love this guy. One kewl queen, lol. Hugs Allen.

  10. iris de leeuw on May 23, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Nice video! Please tell me how you made the trellis! A perfect tool!

  11. Gail Stone on May 23, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Just a suggestion from a viewer: Think about mellowing-down the volume of the background music…
    I appreciate your videos and magazines and shows, great to see you again ❣️❣️✌️🌻

  12. peggiegunter on May 23, 2020 at 5:35 pm

    I’m a new grower how do you keep the weeds from between your gravel walkway?

  13. amy tilly on May 23, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Thank you. I now have a plan for my raised bed!

  14. Megan McCrory on May 23, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you so much – I’m going to save this for next early spring – it’s too late in our area now but I’ll do it next year~!

  15. Transcending T on May 23, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    Please can you tell us about where you got the beautiful accordion trellis?

  16. Deb Dub on May 23, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve followed you for at least 20 years… you are just TOO GOOD FOR WORDS!!

  17. Heather MacDonald on May 23, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    So helpful! Thanks

  18. S U on May 23, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    You need to take that music off. It’s nearly impossible to understand what you’re saying. I couldn’t watch the whole thing.

  19. Flora Rix on May 23, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    I thought asparagus took a few years to establish itself before you can have a harvest.

  20. Bernadette Sullivan on May 23, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Such a great Video your so easy to Listen to but that Music oh it’s dreadful it’s so unnecessary and so loud’ please get rid of it 🙏🏻

  21. edward leroy on May 23, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    Garlic coated with some oil and a little salt and cooked on a grill is as good as it gets. The green leaves may be a little burned on the tips but that is good. Covering a spinach planting with clear plastic helps as much as covering carrot plantings.

  22. Jake Thaiman on May 23, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    PLEASE – just FORGET THE MUSIC ——- we are adults, not children to be entertained. Just the facts, man.

  23. Irene Klauber on May 23, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Wear a face mask when you put down that bone meal.

  24. Mary Scott Ramsay on May 23, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    I use my big older stalks of swiss chard for vegetable stock.

  25. Connie Rodenburg on May 23, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    where can I buy the asparagus crowns? Thank you for your videos. Learning so much.

  26. iamriehl on May 23, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    I watch you on P.B.S. Sundays only so glad to find you here. Can’t wait to watch all your videos. I am more of a show me person. Thanks Michele PS I am so excited. I am a garden grow nerd.

  27. Hair Razor Detox on May 23, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    You people are more annoying than the music do you live to cry and complain ? One person says it rest can thumb up , you don’t need to fill the scroll with your repetitive crap

  28. Anstria Tarot on May 23, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    What do you mean by early Spring? Mid to late March? Mid April? Early May? Are those deciduous trees in leaf? I’m in Zone 5

  29. Carole M on May 23, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Amazing demonstration excellent video great vegetables being planted your and your soil is a work of art

  30. Jennifer 6strings on May 23, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    I stRt asparagus the fall before

  31. Mary Scott Ramsay on May 23, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for the in depth advice!

  32. Valeria Vincent-Sancisi on May 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    being in California where there is a a lot of clay we dont put sand in for drainage because it bonds with the clay where as pumice or volcanic rock doesn’t along with the organic material… your soil looks quite gorgeous…

  33. Eb Brown on May 23, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    So informative and inspiring!!! God bless you!
    Ebonee Rhode Island

  34. Cameron Detwiler on May 23, 2020 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Allen, I am admittedly brand new to gardening. We have inherited my MIL’s home and she was a Master Gardener. I’m doing my best and enjoying learning about the care of the yard and garden but have some questions. The first and most important question I have is can you transplant well established plants? We are aware of an impending construction project that will force us to lose a beautiful hydrangea "tree" (is that the right word?). The plant has gorgeous, big, white blooms and is approximately 24 feet tall. Can this plant be moved or is it a lost cause? Thanks! Glad I’ve recently found your channel! Learning a lot from you!

  35. uglyfrog on May 23, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    why the stupid music?

  36. M. E. on May 23, 2020 at 6:06 pm


  37. Denise Whitlow on May 23, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I could do without the cheesy music over top. Sometimes it’s louder than the talking. Music isn’t needed on a video like this.

  38. Sherri Scott on May 23, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Video is filled with so much wonderful info, but we’re having to strain so much to hear even a small part of it, that it’s not worth the angst. What a pity.

  39. Jill Even on May 23, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    I learned a lot from you, I needed some motivation 🐝

  40. Letty Veloz-Acosta on May 23, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for the tips, love your videos!

  41. apolloguide on May 23, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    I like this video and enjoy your accent. The music is fine for my ears while providing a counterpoint to your drawl.

  42. Aimee Tice on May 23, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Can all these be planted out in March even in places that could still get frost?

  43. Dez Grace on May 23, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Where do I get an accordion trellis?! So cool!! ❣️

  44. ASMR LIFE REALITY M.figueroa on May 23, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Mr Allen thank you for this show I’m a big fan and love to grow veggies and I watch you with my kids on PBS tv back in the days and everything it’s so delicious. This year trying to eat Ital style. Have u heard of ital food? It’s orígenes come from Jamaica. Kinda Rasta kitchen very pure . 👍🙏🏼🌹🥬🙏🏼

  45. Jo Lind on May 23, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Wow Mr. Allen haven’t seen you forever. Good to see you again. You always have great videos. I do miss you chicken video’s.

  46. Jane Woodhouse on May 23, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Very informative video. I am glad to see you amending the raised beds. Since I have aged I cut back on garden space and only have a few raised beds now. I started my tomato and green pepper seeds last week. Can’t wait for Spring to break through. 🌿🍅🥬

  47. marcelina noss on May 23, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    where do you buy your crowns from?

  48. Vivienne Holmes on May 23, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Where can I purchase the little net covered disks to start my tomato seedlings? Thank you for your videos. They are so helpful and informative.

  49. Mahri Beneda on May 23, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    I am so glad I find you in Utub I am in love with your garden house with your flower 🌸 with your 🌿 herbs your horse vegetable pumpkin 🎃 house everything you do you want the old lady 👵 for roommates.everything you do is perfect 👌your Chickens 🐓are gorgeous . U take care my dear.my next life I will have garden house I do not mind Arkansa.I prefer Montana.big sky.

  50. Lorna Normand on May 23, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    the beginning was so interesting but i can’t listen to that onslaught of inane, irrelevant white noise in the background…shame

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