Top 10 Veggies to Plant in San Diego in Spring

Top 10 Veggies to Plant in San Diego in Spring

Top 10 Veggies to Plant in San Diego in Spring

Lettuce leaves being harvested by yellow gloved gardener

What are some great Veggies to Plant in San Diego in Springtime?


If you have been dreaming of growing your own vegetable garden, now is the time to start planning. Spring is upon us, and Southern California offers the perfect conditions to grow your dream veggie garden.


Figuring out what to plant can be daunting, so we’ve created this handy guide to give you an idea of the ideal foods to plant when spring is in full bloom.


Squash, cucumbers, beets, tomatoes, spinach, and carrots are great vegetables to plant in spring in San Diego. See the full list below.


Squash is a wonderful vegetable, partly because of its versatility. There are so many varieties to choose from, and they all have impressive health benefits, including reduction of asthma symptoms and reduced risk of cancer. Squash should be planted in May and requires lots of mulching and weekly watering and fertilizing. Squash flowers also make excellent stuffed dishes!



Cucumbers can be planted from March to May and require about a gallon of water every week. If you’re planning on growing cucumbers regularly, you might want to consider investing in a rain barrel. Cukes offer a great dose of vitamin B and lots of hydration.



Spinach has gotten some great PR in the last few years because of its outstanding health benefits. High in iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A and K, this low maintenance leaf should be planted between March and April. You’ll reap the benefits all throughout the summer. And if you grow it yourself, you don’t have to worry about E-coli. ?


Iceberg Lettuce

If you love a good wedge salad, iceberg lettuce should be one of your go-to veggies for the summer. It is simple to grow and is very versatile. It’s great to have on hand to toss in a salad or to top a burger. One of the greatest things about growing your own lettuce, especially if you are actively trying to cut down your food waste, is that you can pull off the leaves as you need them and leave the plant in the ground to continue growing.    



Beets are renowned for providing superior detoxification benefits. They’re also high in vitamins and iron and can help with cancer prevention. They only require consistent watering and will grow rapidly when cared for.



Eggplant can give a great boost to your digestion with its generous supply of fiber. Best planted in April, eggplant does require some extra TLC, as it is prone to critters and fungal diseases.



Peppers add a pleasant crunch and beautiful color to many summer dishes. They pair well with just about everything and have been shown to boost metabolism and help burn fat. Plant them in May, and be sure to implement the proper care for the particular type of pepper you’re grilling, as maintenance can vary between types.



Carrots are a favorite vegetable of adults and children alike. They famously increase our vision and also have cancer-fighting properties. Whether you eat them raw or throw them in the oven to roast, they make a wonderful addition to your summer garden.



Radishes yield a quick return on investment, as they are ready to eat about a month after planting. Easy to grow, they are a good starter vegetable and add a nice addition to salads. They also offered digestive benefits, reduce body temperature and have healing properties.



There is a reason so many people plant tomatoes.  They are extremely versatile, delicious and they offer wonderful health benefits, such as vitamin C and A, Beta-Carotene, and Lycopene. They can be planted in March or April and come in many different varieties and colors. They need space to grow vertically and also require proper watering.

Want a little more hands-on veggie planting action? We have a vegetable seed starting workshop with Nan Sterling coming up on March 10, 2019

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