April Garden Guide: What To Do. Planning, Planting & More…
April is an exciting time in the garden. It’s time to plant. Time to order seeds if you haven’t already or checkout your local garden store. Discover what to harvest, what to plant and what to do in the garden in April.
April Garden Tasks
April gardening tasks will vary based on where you live and your garden zone. Varying temperatures and weather are likely to cause big changes in the garden this time of year.
Protecting delicate plants with frost cloth is important and super simple to do. Frost cloth can be used to germinate seeds, protect seedlings and over winter plants.
It is also time to plan and plant the spring garden. April in our home is huge for garden planning, seed shopping, garden maintenance and seedling starts. I have planted radishes, kale, swiss chard, turnips, peas, cabbages, leeks and herbs in the garden. Next week I will be adding onions and asparagus which I am super excited to try growing.
This year we are adding more planters and growing up. Meaning we are growing more vertically with trellises to maximize our growing space. So our seed selection will include more pole beans, squash and vining vegetables. I also intend on adding a trellis rose in the cottage garden.
All the garden tasks for this month and throughout the year are based on our Pacific North West zone 7 garden. Again they may vary slightly depending on mother nature.
April Garden Harvest
Things to harvest from the garden in April including greens and root vegetables. A greenhouse and cold frame can increase your harvest during the early spring months.
Harvesting April Crops
- Salad Greens
April Herb Harvest
- Bay Leaf
What To Do In The Garden In April
The weather is still a bit unpredictable in early spring. It is a great time to mulch and add compost to the garden. Adding a layer of compost to the garden is a great way to feed the soil and nourish your new seedling.
April Garden Chores
There will always be garden maintenance or garden chores to do no matter the month. April is no exception. Give or take the weather some tasks may require more time others not so much.
- Mulch garden beds or raised garden beds
- Start planning spring garden and seed supply
- Start planting cold weather hardy crops once soil is workable like radishes, carrots, kale and beets.
- Depending on your last frost date you can seed start cabbages, tomatoes, peppers and some floral indoors (check your seed packages to be sure)
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What Is Good To Plant In April
Once the ground is workable you can actually plant a bunch in early spring. Like kale, salad greens, radishes, chards, turnips, carrots, parsnips, cabbage, beets, onions and leeks. Cool weather hardy crops.
It is a great time to plan what you want to plant this year, it’s not too late. You can start your tomato and pepper seedlings indoors if you have grow lights or in an outdoor greenhouse.
What Vegetables To Plant In April
April in our area is unpredictable. It can go from cool and wet to sunny and warm. If you are looking to start your garden season a greenhouse is a good idea. You can start seedlings in a greenhouse or indoors. Now is a great time to start tomato, pepper and brassica seeds.
Once the ground is workable start a salad garden by planting greens, radishes, chard and other cool weather crops.
What To Do In The Vegetable Garden In April
April is all about preparing, planning and planting. This includes adding mulch and compost to the garden beds if it hasn’t been done already.
Planning the spring garden and the other seasons if you are gardening all year round. Ordering seeds and starting the seedlings indoors that need more time. April is an exciting time for gardeners. You can start seeding in the garden once the ground can be worked and the temperatures are right. Check you seed packages to be sure.
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