locally grown fruits and vegetables in gardenWith March being National Nutrition Month, it’s only fitting that March also marks the best time of the year to plant a number of healthy vegetables. Many health organizations believe foods with preservatives and other unnatural ingredients may lead to increased chances of developing cancer among a number of other life-threatening conditions. This is why it’s essential for people to practice eating as healthy and locally as possible. Perhaps the best way to do this is to start your own garden, where you can enjoy planting, caring for, and then eventually eating all your homemade vegetables.

The reason March makes such a great time to plant certain fruits and vegetables is that most places by this time will have few more frosts left in the season. Winter frosts kill many plants and vegetables, just like the summer heat kills others. According to Urban Farmer, there are 15 extremely popular fruits and vegetables that are best planted in March, including:

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Summer Squash
  • Spinach
  • Melons
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Herbs
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage

Many of these foods will be ready at different points of the year, which makes it important for you to follow along with all of our news and updates – so when the time comes – you’ll be well informed. While some of the above fruits and vegetables should best avoid frosts, here in Kent, Washington, we’re hopefully done with frosts for the year.

However, some of the above foods, such as spinach, are capable of surviving frosts, but cannot stand the hot summer heat. This makes it essential for anybody hoping to plant spinach, to plant it as soon as possible.

If you’re interested in any physical examinations to see if you’re consuming enough healthy foods, visit us at AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care Southcenter. To speak with one of our nutrition experts, call us at 425.291.3300. We look forward to hearing about the successes of your garden!