Many think April is too early to plant seeds, but it’s actually a great time to get your garden started. So, get outside and start sowing seeds!! Many vegetables prefer cooler temperatures and perform much better with early installation in the garden. This will help create more productive plants and better-tasting produce as it ripens. Who wouldn’t prefer eating from their garden by the end of May and into June rather than late summer? Don’t wait!

Here are some seeds that can be directly sown (planted) in the garden soil in April:

  • Lettuces
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Beets
  • Turnips
  • Peas (these seeds like to be soaked in a little bit of water before planting)
  • Pac Choy

Plants that can be planted out in the garden:

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Swiss Chard
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Kohlrabi
  • Asparagus (these are a bonus as a perennial they come back every year)
  • Rhubarb (these are a bonus as a perennial they come back every year)
  • Celery
  • Onions

Some warmer-season vegetables that need to wait a bit longer until the temperature warms up more. These should wait until mid-to-late May:

  • Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Squashes
  • Watermelon
  • Beans
  • Corn
  • Peppers
  • Cucumber

These lists just scratch the surface of what is possible. As you envision your vegetable garden there are many, many more varieties of plants to incorporate. We have a wide selection of plants and seeds to get your gardens started and growing!

Planting your own seeds is a great cost alternative for starting your first vegetable garden or even creating a few containers for your deck or patio. It’s also really exciting and fun for kids to plant seeds and nurture seedlings’ growth. Ultimately, it is empowering to grow our own food and witness first hand the joy that comes from putting seeds in the garden and watching plants sprout up. Don’t be afraid to create your own Green Spot. You can do it! We’re here to help along the way.