Radish in the hands of a farmerThinking of planting a garden? The winter months are the perfect time to plan. Do you have space with plenty of sunlight, at least six hours of direct sun each day? Or do you need to rely on containers, which can be moved to sun if needed? A good water source, good soil and good drainage also are important.

For many areas of the country, February and March is the time to plant asparagus crowns, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, onion sets, peas, radishes, spinach and turnips. Check with your local Extension office to learn the best times for your area and the best varieties to try. As we move into April and May, consider beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, Southern peas, squash and tomatoes.

By planting veggies appropriate for each season – spring, summer and fall – you can have a garden much of the year.

Bob Polomski, a horticulturist with Clemson University, has a good guide on planning a garden to get you started, no matter your area.