You'll need to be sure your soil is workable first. In some areas you may still have too much frost in the ground. Probably the easiest way to determine that is to simply pick up a handful of soil and squeeze it. If any moisture drips from the soil, it is not yet workable. If the soil sticks tightly together and doesn't crumble when you let go of it, that also means it has too much water in it and you'll want to hold off a little longer. If you do not get any drips and your soil falls apart fairly easily, then you are probably safe to start planting your cool weather crops!
Some cool weather crops you can get started with include:
This is the list I'm starting with this year, but there are others too.
Another thing that works well if you start planting now is to continue to do staggered plantings throughout the growing season. This means that when you see the seedlings coming up from this first planting, you'll sow some more seeds. After that, if you plant again about every 14 days, you'll have a steady crop of vegetables!
What's the first thing you're planting this year?
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