Many tasty vegetables can stretch their legs in your garden weeks before chill-averse crops like tomatoes show up to the garden party. The garden centre has a huge stock of these cold-hardy veggies that are ready to go into the garden, or in a planter, right now. Peas, Swiss chard, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuces, beets, spinach, leeks, chives, celery, celeriac, arugula, and Brussels sprouts can be planted right now from already started 4-packs. Fiesta also has cold hardy herbs like sage, chives and oregano in stock. When popping plants out of plastic 4-packs, push from the bottom. If roots are tightly wound, pull them free gently with your fingers before putting in soil as same level they were growing in.
You can, of course, start all the above from seed, but buying pre-grown seedlings is a big help for many of us who don’t have the time (or memory) to water every day while seeds are germinating. Seeds need to be consistently moist for germination to happen, and that’s quite a commitment for anyone with a 9 to 5 job. You could try starting some things from seed as well, but putting in some starter plants gives you a guarantee and earlier produce.
Whether you are planting in a container, or in the ground, make your garden pretty by tucking in a few pansies (violas) with your veggies. The flowers are edible, and they look great mixed in with leafy greens.