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April Planting

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April Planting

April is a busy time of year for growing vegetables, with lots of seeds, sown earlier in the year, now needing to be transplanted and others to be started off indoors to be planted out a bit later. So, read on for what to plant in April...

Vegetables to be sown directly

You can direct-sow these crops: peas, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, and Swiss chard. Don’t forget to prep your soil before you sow your seeds or set out transplants. 

Start seeds of warm-season vegetables (including tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, basil, cucumber, melons, gourds, winter squash, and summer squash) indoors for transplanting later to the garden.  To establish good and strong root systems on your seedlings use Rootrainers.

Sprouts can be sown now under cloches or an easy tunnel. They’re a slow growing vegetable which take around 26 to 31 weeks to reach maturity. Sprouts are hardy and can grow in almost any area where the soil is very fertile. 

Peas and carrots can be sown direct now or in planters.

Now is the time for planting potatoes, as well as onions sets, and shallots.

Salads are perfect to plant in April and also radishes which are super easy to grow and a great way of planting between crops to prevent weeds from taking over any gaps.

Beets are another super easy crop to grow in any fertile and well-drained soil.

Vegetables to be sown indoors or undercover

This month is the last opportunity to start eggplant, chilies, and tomatoes. They will benefit for being stored in a heated greenhouse to speed up the germination process.

Tender crops like sweetcorn and zucchini can be sown now but will need to be kept under cover with cloches or in either a greenhouse or sunny windowsill.

Squashes, cucumbers and pumpkins can be sown now under a poly tunnel to protect from frost and harsh weather.

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