Spring has sprung in the North East which means my family and I are sowing our seeds. A lot of fruits and vegetables grow well in our region and I wanted to document some of the plants we’re growing this season. Due to the current events of our economy, this fun and healthy activity has a little more meaningful.
If you’re buying seeds, make sure they’re from a high quality, American vendor and that they’re label as Heirloom seeds. These are naturally non-GMO and organic, plus you can save the seeds. The following is a list of what we plan to grow this year:
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables to grow in the North East. They’re easy to grow, and can grow in a medium size planter pot. Tomatoes require plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil so make sure you have a pot with holes in the bottom and move it to a location that gets plenty of sun.
Cucumbers: Cucumbers are a warm-season vegetable and also grow well for us. They require lots of sunlight and well-draining soil. We love growing the smaller “Boston” variety and pickling them ourselves.
Lettuce: Lettuce is a cool-season vegetable. It’s easy to grow and can be planted in the spring or fall. I plan to plant these directly in the ground but they can also be grown in containers.
Green beans: Green beans are another easy-to-grow vegetable that can be planted in the spring or fall. These do well in almost any garden or container. They love sun and water.
Peppers: Peppers are a warm-season vegetable that grows well almost anywhere. They require plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil. Peppers can be grown in containers or directly in the ground. My wife loves to pickle both hot and sweet varieties.
Strawberries: Strawberries are a popular fruit to grow in North East. They require plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil. You can plant them in the ground or in containers.
Pumpkins: Plant pumpkin seeds in well-draining soil with plenty of sun and water regularly. These do very well on hills and inclines.
Grapes: At the end of a long, hot summer, there is nothing like picking fresh Concord grapes off the vine. Mature vines need an abundance of all-day sunlight for best results. Heavy, infrequent rains (or watering) and well drained soil are all you need for great yields.
Growing Fruits and Vegetables for function and fun
Teaching your children the rewards of growing your own food and spending time outside with your family is a win win. Remember to check the specific requirements for each plant, such as water and fertilizer needs to ensure successful growth season. My goal was to suggest fruits and vegetables that are not just easy to grow but also ripen at different parts of the season – this keeps our family engaged across Spring, Summer and Fall. No matter the age or capability, everyone in the family to help out. Good luck and have fun!