What to Plant in April
Yes, Yes, Yes! April is finally here and your garden soil is finally warming up! April is the best time to plant most of your vegetable seeds after your last frost for all zones. It’s still not too late to plant tomatoes and peppers from seeds as well! Check out the below vegetables that can be started in April. Be sure to check your gardening zone for last frost dates.
Listed below are flower, vegetable and herb varieties that are great to start planting in April based on the Hardiness Zone that you live in.
Beans (Zones 3-10)
Start planting both bush and pole beans now that the soil and air are warmed up. Try a continual 7-10 day sowing of different varieties, this will give you continual bean crops and not one large harvest with wasted crop!
Suggested variety: Contender, Kentucky Wonder, Topcrop
Cabbage (Zones 3-10)
Cabbage is one of the easier plants to grow in the garden. Sown in April will lead to a summer harvest! Select a variety that is right for your location (size and maturity length) and be sure to fertilize and water when cabbage head begins to form.
Suggested variety: Late Flat Dutch, Golden Acre, Michihili
Corn (Zones 3-10)
Corn is one of the most rewarding and fast growing crops to grow! Corn is delicious when cooked only minutes after being pulled off the stalk. Try a small plot of corn, working your way to a large field of several varieties.
Suggested variety: Peaches and Cream, Incredible, Butter and Sugar
Cucumbers (Zones 3-10)
Fast growing vine or bush cucumber plants can produce an abundance of cucumber fruits for a summer harvest. Be careful to pick a variety for the space you have in your garden. Vine cucumbers can be the best tasting, but need far more space than bush varieties.
Suggest variety: Spacemaster 80, Boston Pickling, Burpless Bush Slicer
Herbs (Zones 3-10)
Now you can start to plant heat loving herbs like basil, oregano, cilantro, thyme and sage.
Suggested varieties: Italian Basil, Greek Oregano, Slow Bolt Cilantro, French Thyme, Broadleaf Sage
Melons (Zones 3-10)
Melons are great for hot, long summers and a staple for summer picnics and family fun! Start seeds indoors and transplant outdoors after 6-8 weeks.
Suggested variety: Sugar Baby, Honey Rock, Hales Best
Onions (Zones 3-10)
If you haven’t already, start planting your onions! Be careful to select an onion variety appropriate for your garden zone. If you are in a cooler climate, plant long day onions and if you are in a warmer climate, plant short day onions.
Suggest variety: Candy Hybrid, Red Creole, White Sweet Spanish
Peppers (Zones 3-10)
Fresh, crisp peppers are a garden favorite and can produce high yields when planted close together. Plant as many different varieties as possible! They come small, big, hot, mild and an array of different colors. If you haven’t already planted your peppers outdoors, start now!
Suggested variety: California Wonder, Early Jalapeno, Petite Mix Bell, Karma
Summer Squash (Zones 3-10)
Summer squash, yum! Planting summer squash in late April will lead to fresh, tasty squash and zucchini in the summer.
Suggested Varieties: Vegetable Spaghetti, Waltham Butternut, Garden Spineless
Tomatoes (Zones 3-10)
If you haven’t already started your tomato seeds, start now! Planting tomatoes is not only fun, but treats you to some of the best tasting fruits in the world! Tomatoes come in many colors, shapes, taste, and sizes. Grow a few varieties every year to find your favorites!
Suggested variety: Betty, Sun Gold, Bradley, Trip-L-Crop
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