Gardeners all around the country are preparing for the arrival of spring with the St. Patrick’s Day offering a perfect time to start planting selected crops. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, there are several crops on people’s minds: potatoes, peas, and onions. Some gardeners wait until the weather is warmer before they begin the planting process, while others will venture out in the cold weather to start planting crops. Learn more below about three of these plants and why they are popular crops to plant.
When people think of St. Patrick’s Day, they will likely think of Ireland. A food that is widely enjoyed in Ireland is the potato, which is why so many people are inspired to plant potatoes in their gardens during the month of March.
Potatoes are used in so many Irish recipes to commemorate the holiday. You could make Irish-style mashed potatoes. Bake them. Or even use them in soup, along with other ingredients such as scallions, biscuits, and cheddar cheese.
For gardeners looking for greener plants in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, try planting peas. The weather is getting warmer, but the temperatures can still be brisk at times. Now is the ideal time to plant peas because they grow optimally under these conditions. You could even have your peas inside until the weather is better-suited for them to grow outside.
Once grown, peas are a wonderful addition to your cuisine for this holiday. Not only do they add a beautiful green aesthetic, but they are also a wise vegetable side dish, pairing well with meats, pastas, and starches such as potatoes. Enhance the flavors with a little salt, pepper, and spices.
While some people might think it’s early to start planting onions, it’s actually a great time to do so. Onions won’t grow healthy tops unless they get planted before days get too long. Beyond then, plants no longer grow foliage, and instead, they begin to store food within their bulbs. In other words, if you plant them too late, the bulbs are going to be small.
Onions are a flexible crop. They add plenty of flavor to any recipe. You can use onions in a wide range of delicacies, such as with your favorite meats, in casseroles, and on pizzas. They can even be frozen for as long as six months, allowing you to store whatever onions you don’t use until a later need.
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