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
- Beet family: beets, spinach, Swiss chard
- Herbs: Fennel
- Perennials such as asparagus and rhubarb
- Young spring greens like kale and lettuce
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 them for the season.
- Garden infrastructure projects: developing new beds, building compost bins (see: Building the Right Compost Bin, and developing rain catchment and rain management systems (See: Front yard Rainwater Catchment and Connect Rain Barrels to a Rain Garden for low maintenance irrigation).
- Prune fruit trees and berry bushes.
- Add soil amendments like finished compost, worm castings, fresh or dried herbs, or aged manure to inactive gardens with a digging fork.
Would you like more resources for planning and maintaining your garden through to harvest?
You’ll find loads of information just like this in my book, The Suburban Micro-Farm. In fact, with your purchase, you’ll get FREE bonus resources such as calendars, checklists, and planting worksheets to help you get organized.
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.
- Lettuce (My favorite is Parris Island romaine.)
- Nightshades: Pepper, Tomato
- Try my favorite tomato: Cherokee Purple
- Swiss Chard (Here’s how I grow Swiss chard in my edible landscape.)
Sow Seeds Outside
- Legumes: Beans, Peas (Save space with Kentucky Wonder pole bean)
- Beet family:
- Beets (Get the beautiful rainbow blend for different colors and varieties to see which you like best!)
- Swiss Chard
- Carrot family:
- 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?