It's Time to Plant!

I sure do love this time of year, I spend much more time outdoors and thoroughly enjoy spending time in our garden. It’s a little space that our family can all help maintain and then all appreciate the harvest. Take some time this season and make a garden of your own.

With the arrival of spring, it’s time to plant your garden. With varying temps around the country, take a look at this guide for the best time of year to plant in your area.


Each year, when I plant my garden, I incorporate crops that I know that I’ll use often in the kitchen. My go-to plan is a salsa garden that includes tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, onions and cilantro. This year, I might even try growing tomatillos. I then grow basil, rosemary and whatever else looks appealing at the nursery. When planning out your garden, keep the following questions in mind.

  • How much space do you have to work with for a garden?

  • Will you plant in pots or directly in the ground?

  • How much direct sun do your plants require?

  • How much space does each crop require?

  • How much water do your plants need?

  • What do you want to plant in your garden? Is it vegetables? Flowers? Herbs? A little bit of everything?

Check out some additional ideas for your garden on my Pinterest board.


Once you have your plan for your garden, visit your local nursery and make your purchases. I encourage you to plant a new vegetable or herb that you haven’t grown before. It will motivate you to incorporate your crop into cooking.


Spend time checking on your plants and providing sufficient water and sunshine for your plants. If you live in the desert, like I do, you may need to water more than you think. Bonnie Plants has great tips for growing vegetables and herbs here.


It’s now time to enjoy the fruits of your labor! I recommend trying new recipes that you can incorporate the herbs and veggies from your garden. Maybe it’s this cocktail recipe or this pasta dish.

Let me know in the comments what you plan on growing in your garden.

Happy planting!