The 5 of the Best Easy-to-Grow Early Spring Crops

The 5 of the Best Easy-to-Grow Early Spring Crops

In this episode, I show you the 5 best, easy-to-grow spring crops that you can plant directly into your garden as soon as the last frost hits. These crops love the cool weather of early spring and will give you a harvest in about 6-8 weeks.

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  1. PD Pond on July 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Just put in coriander, spinach, micro greens, kale and arugula seeds, in my warm propogator with heating mat.
    Mixed an organic 3-2-3 seed starter fertilizer into my planting soil. Put it under my grow light. I’m hoping for a rapid germination.
    Love your tutorials on how to plant just about everything.

  2. Jeanette Waverly on July 10, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    FYI, cilantro seeds are the spice, coriander. So you get a two-for-one deal in that plant!

  3. Pat Schomann on July 10, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I do grow all the plants you mentioned Kim. My cilantro already has gone to seed. So I’ll try soaking the seeds and planting more. I love cilantro! I planted New Zealand spinach this year plus another variety. New Zealand is not supposed to bolt and I can’t wait to try it! I grow lettuce too. I love garden lettuce. Just picked some yesterday and this will be the third picking I’ve had here in Vermont. I love Kale too and I have it in the morning with my eggs…sounds funny but they taste good together! Love your videos and the way you encourage us all to grow what we eat…….I agree!

  4. Yo on July 10, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    @calikim29 those red containers behind you, do they have a bottom to them? They’re actually a pretty color that adds to your garden

  5. kodiak wild on July 10, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    another thing i appreciate about your videos that i just noticed, the music isn’t 5 times louder than the speaking audio ( which is always a problem on other channels when i view on my house system ). thanks much.

  6. Jackie Horsley on July 10, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    osem video kim thanks for the tip I well have to remember that

  7. Sonnie's Garden on July 10, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Yes love them all!

  8. Hope Love on July 10, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you. How often should we water once planted?

  9. Catalin Oancea on July 10, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Good job! Good luck in the new season!

  10. Jocelyn derr on July 10, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    mom and I have some catching up to do …we haven’t seen your videos for awhile now….with school and working we get to tired….hugs

  11. Da little Yeezer :3 on July 10, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    whenever i plant my spinach it starts to flower. How do keep it from doing that?

  12. Fawaz Kw on July 10, 2019 at 2:16 pm


  13. Great Western Gardens on July 10, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I’m trying so hard not to just go out full throttle on spring planting. It has been beyond gorgeous here the last couple of weeks but experience has proven that we will get out last hard freeze in late April or early May. I’ve taken to planting my earliest spring crops like those you mention in containers that can be more easily moved and protected. Sadly I can’t seem to train the apricot tree not to bloom so early. I suspect it has problems with long term memory. Probably due to all the weeds 🙂


    Yes! Love it! I learned that from you Kim when it comes to parsley and cilantro. that cilantro keeps coming back no matter how harsh you cut it. tHanks Kim!

  15. Pamela Lehto on July 10, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    You should mention the wild edible mallow growing by the parsley.

  16. LoveMeSomeChar on July 10, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Love your dog 😍

  17. UOlover13 on July 10, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    where i live, the last frost date is in may…. the weather fluctuates so much. it can be 70 degrees during the day and reach freezing at night. will that be an issue for this spring crop?

  18. Pat Pathinayake on July 10, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Dear CaliKim29 Garden,
    Wonderful video, thank you so much. Can I plant Corriander (Salantrho?) seeds in August? These leaves are quite expensive to buy. Thank you & best wishes.

  19. Ramona Macabugao on July 10, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    I love it when the video I watched and learned from also comes with addition of pets…like your dog. I always give a thumbs up and I subscribe….lol! I love animals as you can tell the way I love gardening.

  20. RainbowStar🌈 MCEd on July 10, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Kim , thanks for sharing. I am a beginner container gardener and I just watched one of you’re previous videos on how to grow lettuce in containers. Just wanted to know how long the lettuce kept on producing for you in a pot? Thanks from Jane

  21. Beth M on July 10, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Can I plant sugar snap peas and cilantro in a container together?

  22. Skinny Jeans and Stretch Marks on July 10, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Kim I have a random question for you! I see you use fish fertilizer on some of your crops, I actually have fish tanks in my house and change their water twice a month. Would their water be good to water my plants with as it would have their "fertilizer" in it? Thanks!

  23. Topito the Grumps on July 10, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you for helping me out. I didn’t know which seed I should plant first.

  24. flanmaryj on July 10, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Tjanjs! I’ve s5arted pkanting some seeds inside. I will soak my spinach and cilantro seeds to plant, along with lettuce. I use my heated chair massage mat covered with a black trash bag, then cover the plants with another black bag and a baby blanket. My red roselle and chayote are doing quite well. I’m in Milwaukee, Wisconsin so, I’m having a blast!

  25. LifeTimeInfinityBoy on July 10, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    the only plants that i have at my home is(lettuce,cilantro) but at school my teacher made a program called green 5 and it manly about planting and so we are planting a lot i mean a lot of plants to make a big salad for every one whos is in the green 5 program ( me and my mom started planting seed at home because of you so thank we cant wait for a other video.

  26. Laura McFaddin on July 10, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I love your helpful videos. thanks for sharing. I am having problems with my leaf lettuce dying. any ideas? please look at my YouTube video to see what my problem is. thanks to all for any help. SouthernScots Organics

  27. Katieboil Anegg on July 10, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    I liked this because of the border collie!

  28. Linda Penney on July 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Awesome update thank you for sharing have a blessed day Kim and the family

  29. Erik Molenaar on July 10, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Kim, not sure if you know this, but…that weed in your parsley is edible as well! It’s called cheese weed. Grows everywhere and is good stir-fried.

  30. Missi R on July 10, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    I’m planting my first garden. I live in Tennessee. I bought some different lettuce seeds. And 2 of them say I can plant in May. May is so hot here! I’m confused. I don’t wanna waste time and space as I don’t have much space

  31. Dragon Tooth on July 10, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    it’s still cold where i am. I planted lettuce but it’s really leggy, is it not good or can I still grow lettuce.

  32. Louise B on July 10, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Please share your recipe for parsley, cilantro dip.

  33. Matt.Marcella on July 10, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    New subscriber!

  34. Christa's Garden on July 10, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    I planted my peas and onions yesterday! It was a great feeling to get my hands in the dirt outside :). Peas can actually be planted a month or so before the average last frost date and lettuce can be planted 2-3 weeks before the average last frost date, as can all cool weather crops. The only time the weather becomes an issue is if we get some unseasonably very cold weather for several days in a row. This year my lettuce lasted 2 weeks into January planted outdoors, I live in zone 6. So nice seeing all the green in your garden!

  35. TheBearded Gardener on July 10, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Great video as always

  36. Clara Slate on July 10, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Great video! Nice panning shots! Definitely agree with gently crushing the coriander pods. Love it all!

  37. sompong Moss on July 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Love your smart gardens. I am you beloved fan, and love different ideas of your gardens.

  38. MIgardener on July 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Can’t disagree with those 5! I thought it might be valuable for your viewers to know that parsley is also a perennial to zone 5, so for many people it is a plant that will overwinter without a problem. Making it even easier! 😀

  39. Castle of Costa Mesa on July 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you!! You got me excited to plant my spring crop now!

  40. Larry Adams on July 10, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Hi CaliKim. Alright, I’ve hitched myself to your wagon. Started composting based on your videos–although it isn’t ready–and will plant these spring crops this week. I’m in Chicago, and it may be too early to plant–we have frost well into April, some years—but I’m going to take a shot that this will be an early Spring.

  41. Benja's Uber 1337 Hobby on July 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Great ideas!!! I can’t believe i have not gotten my lettuce in yet! Oh if only i had a time machine, TARDIS or a Delorean… I think life would be so much easier 🙂 i was so sick this winter and got nothing done. I am so happy the weather did not kill my garden or i would have nothing in it 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!! These are great thing i will try to get started 🙂

  42. mlk jayantha on July 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    good work,,,,,,

  43. AnimeShinigami13 on July 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    i planted the grand rapids leaf lettuce the first week of april/last week of march. >.< thought they were dead till i picked up my winter gardening book to look up what I was doing wrong. I discovered that grand rapids repeatedly hits top ten lists of cold resistant lettuce. I’ve also seen black seeded simpson sited as a heat resistant lettuce. So I’m gonna put them in planters in partial sun when it gets hot and use grand rapids first, then a couple different salad and microgreen mixes, and then the black simpson.

    But then again, you live in california, I live in Massachusattes.

    When planting early spring crops, I tend to start with lettuce, kale, spinach, and cool weather herbs. Made the mistake of trying to grow squash inside. Never doing that again.

  44. Sandra on July 10, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    i love your video and i and love the way you sheer time in the garden with your best friend your dog.i have 3 dogs and i just love it have it whit me all a time…..!!!dogs is the best friends for me ,i know are friends for every one over there …!!! good luck !!

  45. lynch on July 10, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    lettuce & cilantro 💪

  46. K Pac on July 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hello Kim, I am a little confused here by what you call cool weather crops. Here in New Jersey, zone 6, we still get freezing temperatures at night (35-36 degrees) and gusty winds. I call this weather cold and not cool. Can these cool weather crops, when direct seeded, survive this kind of weather ? Officially, the last frost date here is around first week of may. I was tired bringing my potted plants in and out from hoophouse every day due to cold temperatures at night. I was wondering if I can sow cilantro and lettuce outside directly.

  47. BobMels Gardens on July 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Good selection of early crops Kim. TFS. Best wishes Bob.

  48. Chrissy Home & Garden DIY on July 10, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    how about rosemary plant or seeds and why rosemary seeds take so long for to sprout

  49. CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY on July 10, 2019 at 2:53 pm

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  50. homesteadonomics on July 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Awww your dog is so cute at the end:)Joe

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