Between my raised beds and field garden, the raised beds are always ready for planting first. After our long winter, Papa Pea and I are just about literally chomping at the bit for fresh greens from the garden so an assortment of salad greens is always what I plant first.
Photo(s) from previous years.
It's almost as if I'm standing by a raised bed with the seed packets in my hand waiting for the day when I can plant. I pop in several kinds of lettuce, mizuna mustard, arugula, spinach, Swiss chard, and any other greens I can fit in.
And, of course, radishes. I love radishes.
This won't be my main planting of salad greens, but a sampling (and I'll have to put a cold frame over them) to get that first bowl of salad fixings into the kitchen as soon as possible.
Geez, it's still more than two and a half months before I can even get those seeds in the soil, and now I'm already envisioning how good the first home grown salad will taste.
What I'm curious about now is what are the first seeds each of you fellow gardeners plant? Does it differ a lot if you're in a more tempered, southern location than I am? Do you have greens ready early on because you can over-winter them? I'm really interested in hearing about the first seeds you put in.