March, April perfect months to get your garden started

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Spring is in the air, and that means it is time to plant your garden.

James Newburn, the assistant director and curator of UT Gardens, said many plants will not tolerate the heat that summer brings, so the cool temperatures of March and April are the perfect time to get them in the ground.

Lettuce, spinach, and cabbages are among many salad greens that like the early spring weather. Some produce, such as snap peas, will not grow at all in the hot summer months.

These plants can be planted in a pot or directly in the ground, and they are best suited outside.

Newburn said to plant them about three inches deep and give them room to grow. Broccoli likes about a foot of space between plants, where salad greens can handle being a little closer to one another.

All of these plants are available at local gardening centers.