Spring has sprung, and for amateur gardeners everywhere, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Though there are a bunch of great veggies that sprout boldly through the fall, making autumn a fabulous time for planting, there’s something about spring gardening that can’t be beaten. The warm sun, cool breeze, and moist soil with the feel of cake batter, just waiting to serve up a delicious bounty.

There’s also the home beautifying aspect. According to Better Homes and Gardens, aesthetics are prominent in increasing home values. For instance, certain colors can increase your home value by up to $5,000. While a garden can’t promise that, it can make your home attractive to potential buyers.

Before planting, here are a few tips: check your growing zone, check the soil for signs of frost, clean the garden beds, and turn the soil. You may also want to plant marigolds around the garden border. These colorful flowers will add beauty, but more importantly, they help keep wildlife from munching on your plants.

If you live in the north, consider starting your seeds indoors since spring planting time is shorter in that region. With that being said if you’re ready to start planting here’s a list of awesome spring planting ideas.

1. Lettuce – this is an excellent crop for spring that will make salads a joy for everyone. Many varieties take 60–70 days to harvest—plant in full sun and moist soil.

2. Beets – these root veggies take about 50–60 days to grow and do well in soft soil and full sun. The leaves can be harvested for salads too!

3. Cucumbers – plant these classic salad staples in early spring and space them out. By early summer, you’ll have a bumper crop!

4. Broccoli – this crispy, cruciferous veggie takes about 70–120 days to mature in full sun, so start early.

5. Spinach – loaded with iron, spinach is a quick crop, taking only 25–30 days to grow. Moist soil and full sun are needed. It’s also a good crop if you have sandy soil.

6. Radishes – these root vegetables take about 25–30 days in a sunny, moist area. They can be used in everything from salads to stews.

7. Peas – green peas are a fabulous cool weather crop and can thrive in temperatures as low as forty degrees. Most varieties grow upwards, so you’ll need a trellis or stakes. Peas will be ready to harvest in about 60–70 days.

8. Swiss Chard – this green, leafy vegetable has a sweet, earthy flavor that can be enjoyed raw or cooked. It grows best in full sun and takes as little as 30 days to harvest.

9. Raspberries – raspberries are a sweet treat that is fun to grow. The bushes spread quickly, so consider planting them in pits or raised beds. Cover them in netting because the birds love them, too.

10. Herb Medly – fresh herbs are a great way to dress up any dish. It’s also fun and economical to dry them out and store them. Planting common herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, mint, and sage will ensure you never run out. Many of them also help repel insects and wildlife.

11. Peppers – you can start peppers indoors around February. Transfer the plants outdoors anywhere from late March to mid-April. Most pepper varieties give bumper crops you can share with family and friends.

Besides being an enjoyable hobby, it’s undeniable that gardening has always been a reliable and cost-effective way to feed your family. According to Comfy Living, the sales of gardening supplies went up by 10% in 2018, and it’s been on the rise ever since. So grab some spring seeds and join the ranks of self-reliant food growers. It’s good for your health, wallet, and soul!