April is an exciting month for gardeners. Here are some ideas for prioritizing seed starting, planting seedlings, garden maintenance, and more.
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I love the month of April! Glimpses of green life pop up in the form of garlic stalks, which handle the unpredictable spring weather with fortitude.
The March to-do list had me starting seedlings and a bunch of other fun stuff. This month I’ll continue my careful watch over the seedlings I started inside, while the weather outside will dictate windows of opportunity for sowing and transplanting in the garden.
I’m in USDA hardiness zone 6a, which may or may not be similar to the conditions of your location.
15 Minutes a Day
I like to set aside 15 minutes every day for gardening activities. This keeps gardening at the forefront of my mind and maintains it as a priority without requiring me to give up “real life” stuff. I just set a timer and start on my to-do list. When the stars align, I can put a little more time in.
Harvest in April
- Perennials such as asparagus and rhubarb
- Beet, Spinach
- Swiss chard and other young spring greens like kale and lettuce (Check out my kale recipes!)
My broccoli seedlings look so good I could eat them right now! Patience you must have, young padawan. The harvest will outweigh a seedling snack!
Garden Maintenance in April
- Remove the cold frame and other frost covers, and store for the season.
- Garden infrastructure projects: develop new beds, rain catchment, compost bins, etc.
- Prune fruit trees and berry bushes.
- Add soil amendments such as worm castings to garden beds.
Start Seeds Under Grow Lights
For seed starting instructions, check out my seed starting guide.
If you need to purchase seed starting materials, here are my reviews and recommendations for seed starting supplies.
- Alliums: Leeks, Onions
- Lettuce (My favorite is red romaine.)
- Nightshades: Pepper, Tomato
- Swiss Chard (Here’s how I grow Swiss chard in my edible landscape.)
Sow Seeds Outside
- Legumes: Beans, Peas (Choose the right type of trellis!)
- Beet family:
- Beets (Get a mix of organic varieties to see which you like best!)
- Swiss Chard
- Carrot family:
- Strawberry plants (Hint: Grow chives for the best strawberries.)
- Brussels sprouts
- Sweet Alyssum
- Fruit trees & Berry bushes:
- Swiss Chard
I’m so excited to get my seedlings in the ground. How about you? What are you most excited about this month?