Now in March, when winter is drawing to a close, you can start to sow the first vegetables. Suitable for sowing at low temperatures are, for example, radishes, cabbage, lettuce, peas, spinach, chard and Daikon radish. If you have a small greenhouse or glass protection for your plants, you can also grow fennel, broccoli, cauliflower and other cabbage varieties.
So that your freshly sown seeds grow into strong plants, it is recommended that you use potting soil. Unlike conventional plant soil, it contains hardly any nutrients. This ensures that the seedlings do not receive too many nutrients right at the beginning, so that they have to grow strong roots to supply themselves with nutrients. In the following you can find a few tips for sowing root and leafy vegetables.
Radishes should be sown by spreading over a wide area and watered plentifully. The seeds are pressed approximately one centimetre into the soil. The distance between rows is approx. 10-15 cm. When the radish seedlings have grown two leaves, it is time to thin out the plant rows so that only the strongest plants remain in the bed approx. 10 cm. apart. From sowing to harvest takes about eight weeks. Ideally you should always only sow as much as you can actually eat, as radishes harvested too late taste woody and bland. Subsequent sowing can take place approximately every four weeks according to your personal requirements.
Daikon radish can be sown in an early bed or under film in March, in the open preferably only from mid-April onwards. Daikon radish loves fresh, damp soil. The distance between rows should be 25-30 cm. After germination, the radish plants must always be singled out so that they have sufficient space to grow with a spacing of 15 20 cm. Do not forget to water regularly!
Spinach as a typical leafy vegetable can be sown from March onwards, but at the beginning should be covered with a film. The seed grains are sown in rows approx. 1 3 cm deep. The distance between rows should be approx. 20-25 cm and the distance from seed to seed at least 5 cm. After sowing, the soil should always be trodden down. So that spinach does not flower prematurely, it must be kept moist. The first spinach is ripe for harvesting approximately eight weeks after sowing. If you do not cut off the hearts of the spinach plant when harvesting, the spinach can be harvested up to four times.