Veggies to plant in early spring in WNC

10 Mar

One of my biggest challenges in gardening in raised beds is finding enough room for everything I want to plant.

Right now one of my 6 beds is full of spinach, carrots, cress, mizuna and mache — I planted all from seed back in the fall, and our mild winter and early warm spring days have blessed us with lots of big green salads lately.

The other beds have random plantings like a couple rows of spinach, red russian kale, beets and leeks that overwintered.

I’ve been thinning out the leeks and transplanting them around the end of the bed they’re in.

I have a hard time with thinning out plants.  It’s a gardening angst I’ve realized about myself over the years.

This, of course, adds to my problem of not enough room in the beds, as I’d rather re-plant than chuck them….

Along my fence, I planted a row of snow peas a few weeks ago. They’ve not sprouted yet, but the radish, arugula, and beet seeds I planted are starting to pop through:

And I’ve also recently planted garlic, red onions, and shallots.

Sow True Seed, Reems Creek Nursery, Jesse Israel’s, N. Asheville Ace Hardware all have cool-weather veggie starts too.  I got cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce (buttercrunch and romaine) and dinosaur kale starts for my beds from these places.

The cauliflower starts got a little frostburned one night last week when it got into the mid-20s but I think they’re going to be OK.

Sow True Seed has a great planting guide you can pick up at their downtown store.  It is a nice reference for what -and when — to plant right here in WNC.

Planting red onions


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4 responses to “Veggies to plant in early spring in WNC

  1. Tonya

    March 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks for mentioning the Sow True Planning Guide and that they have starts. I didn’t know that.

  2. Helen Johnson

    March 11, 2012 at 12:12 am

    I feel healthy just reading all those veggie names!

  3. mattdreid

    March 23, 2012 at 9:04 am


    I stumbled across your blog searching google, and I’m so glad I did!

    I’m a beginner vegetable gardener, and I’m in the process of building my first raised bed. I don’t want to use pressure treated lumber, but I’m having a difficult time finding cedar or redwood in the 2×8 size….I’ve seen it in the 1×8 size, but I would really like to have something more sturdy. Could you tell me where you were able to purchase the 2x? sizes?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ashevilleyardfarmer

      March 23, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Hi Matt –

      I got my lumber at Westall-Chandley, but sadly, after 100-some-odd years in business, they recently went under and closed.

      You can check out Builders First Source in W Asheville (332 Haywood Road) — ask for Antonio Grion at 252-2491 and see if that’s a size they have in stock. He might have to special-order it for you.

      Best of luck with your new raised beds — you will love them!


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