What and When to Plant for Your Spring Garden – Planning Your First Garden

What and When to Plant for Your Spring Garden – Planning Your First Garden

In this video, I divide my some plants from my spring garden (2014) into 4 categories.

I direct sow many leafy cabbages, but not heading.

Check your frost date here:
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I use the Square Foot Garden method:
Square Foot Garden Book:

Using specific examples from my personal garden, I will show you which ones I direct sow (plant directly into the garden soil), which ones I transplanted (started indoors and moved into the garden soil), what I planted the previous fall and early spring, and which ones are perennials.This should help the beginning gardener, and those experienced, plan their first spring garden. Many people overlook the wonderful growing season of spring and often focus on the summer vegetables like peppers and tomatoes. I hope you find this information helpful and can use it to plan your spring garden. Spring is right around the corner! Yay!


  1. Permaculture Homestead on April 20, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    your awesome, thx for the share, really good info and great suggestion on the square ft. gardening book.

  2. Greg Bashaw on April 20, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Hello, I was just wondering what you program you use to edit your videos. They are so professionally done! 🙂

  3. Donna Smith on April 20, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I appreciate all of your information–thank you!

  4. Dovey C on April 20, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    i love ❤️ your southern accent

  5. Sarah the Gardener on April 20, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Great tips Donna.  I love watching your garden, it is beautiful.  Cheers  Sarah  : o )

  6. theIAMofME on April 20, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Hi there! Loved your video. May I ask what zone you are in?

  7. Gardening With Puppies on April 20, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    With all the choices it can even be overwhelming to we old timers. Good tips, Donna.

  8. Noreen's Kitchen on April 20, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    You and I think alike!  I am getting ready to upload a similar video on the garden channel as well!  Time to think about all this goodness!  I love winter, and my dirt finger hasn’t started itching quite yet.  But soon it will.  Today it is 68 degrees outside and I can feel it starting to well up!  LOL!

  9. Dee bermudez on April 20, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I love watching your videos . you are very thorough and detailed. you explain every process from seed to harvest which helps me so much since I am a new gardener . thank You so much I have learned so much. you are creative and bring something new each time

  10. S Brown on April 20, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I really loved this video!  It is a great reminder of what to do when.  A little early for me to start transplants, but not to early to dig out my Mel book and order a few "must have" seeds!  lol  Again, a great job Donna!  My first year, in many years, starting seeds indoors.  I will need all the "schooling" I can get!

  11. Dez Grace on April 20, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Thank you so much! This info is very helpful as I’m just getting the soil into my boxes this weekend and getting a seed order put in! Thanks for the tips! I’m very excited as this year is my first big garden year! 👏🏻😄

  12. Joe Smathers on April 20, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    still have the original sq ft gardening book thank you

  13. Sonnie's Garden on April 20, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    Great info!

  14. Suzanne Ramoundos on April 20, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.  All these years I have missed the problem.  In the mountains of W. Md near W. Va we have a late start, and very short cool time before the blazing summer sun hits with nights that are still too cold.   Yikes, I have had early green failure forever.   So, last year, hoops and self watering short tubs helped but your info about starting indoors just unlocked the whole thing.  I would love to hear any tips you have for growing spinach and a while back you had some advice for me on Ollos(sorry, my spelling stinks) but do you still use them or have you modified that idea in any way?  I see the sunken gallons in the garden, are those the same ones?   Mine seemed to stop draining as the level of water went down a little.   One more time, thanks so much for your video and the AHA moment.

  15. MyHeadred on April 20, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    I don’t think I would have my garden without all your great videos. This video is especially  helpful to me and I very much appreciate all your hard work.

  16. TGSureal on April 20, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Is that a burp mid sentence @3:59-4:00?

  17. Mimit Primyastanto on April 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    45. "Truly! The Muttaqun (pious and righteous persons – see V.2:2) will be amidst Gardens and water-springs (Paradise).

    46. "(It will be said to them): ‘Enter therein (Paradise), in peace and security.’

    47. "And We shall remove from their breasts any sense of injury (that they may have), (So they will be like) brothers facing each other on thrones.

    48. "No sense of fatigue shall touch them, nor shall they (ever) be asked to leave it." (Q.S. 15 : 45-48)

  18. Iron Arrows Homestead on April 20, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    We are in zone 7, which might be close to yours?! When do you plant potatoes?

  19. Keyplayr61 Greenhouse Hydroponics And Gardens on April 20, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Good info, Donna! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Brandon Grennan on April 20, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Amazing video! Thanks a ton!

  21. safi456 on April 20, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Do you really talk like that in real life??? Wow, it’s like watching The Help or Gone With The Wind.

  22. Hope's waking UP on April 20, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    spring 2019 I am in Atlanta Georgia. last year I did a container garden, this year my husband dug me 5 "burial plots" LOL I’m jumping in I appreciate your video So i really need to learn what i can grow

  23. Iron Arrows Homestead on April 20, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks! We have our nightshades growing indoors (and a few other random things),  but we planted lettuce, cabbage, beets, rutabaga and kohlrabi outside today. Hubby is tilling the soil right now for sugar snap peas, carrots, radishes, cilantro, spinach, more beets, more lettuce, onion sets, dill, parsley, kale, etc. to plant tomorrow. Thanks for you great video! We are trying to learn as much as possible! This is our second year with a garden.

  24. Truth Seeker on April 20, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Thank you so much for your advice and gardening tips; they are greatly appreciated. Can I please ask you your opinion on planting "late". so I decided to make a raised bed garden and grow my own veggies, problem is this all should have been done in December and January. I think the main concern is if the temperature gets too hot. I live in the Central Valley of California and it gets into the 100s in summer. Can my squash, tomatoes, peppers, bell peppers, cucumber, cilantro, turnips, lettuces, and some others survive. thank you so much.

  25. Anastasia Harold on April 20, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Revisiting this video as were already having spring weather here in Phoenix! It’s going to be blazing hot in a month so I hope I have time

  26. FREE YOURSELF on April 20, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    i’ve been trying to plant a garden for 5 years and basically i stink at it so i’ll take any tips i can get my hands on    thank you   brian

  27. Lisa D on April 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Hello, great video so much information, really enjoy watching your videos! I noticed you have a plastic jug buried in your bed, how is that working for you?  I  use the bottles throughout my gardens but I can’t get the holes small enough for just a dripping. I put the holes in with a safety in, what are your using to make your holes?

  28. Patrick Meehan on April 20, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for that useful information. Its good to have guideline as and when to grow

  29. timshel Leo on April 20, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Nice video (as always)
    I’d like to grow some French Tarragon. I tried starting from seed but no success. Did  you get yours locally or mail order? I found the shipping price to be too costly.

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