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What to Plant in April

Updated: May 1, 2019

If you didn’t sow seeds for spring salad veggies in March, you’re in luck: there’s still time! Or if you’ve already started your spring garden and want more lettuce and radishes, go ahead and plant more. And please consider this your invitation to peek over the fence behind Ginkgo Gardens to see my community garden plot for ideas. It’s plot #22, next to the pomegranate tree. Everything is still small right now, but it will take off soon now that the weather is getting warmer.

Speaking of warmer weather, I ordinarily would not advise planting tomatoes outdoors so soon, but the 10-day extended forecast shows temperatures above 45F, warm enough to keep tomato plants happy. So Ginkgo Gardens has already ordered tomato seedlings, which are expected to arrive later this week.

April weather is ideal for growing larger root veggies and leafy greens such as carrots, beets, collards, kale, and Swiss chard. All of these veggies come up quickly from seed when planted outdoors. Or plant seedlings for an even faster harvest.

This year, I’m excited to try ‘Piracicaba’ broccoli, a variety from Brazil that's said to be more heat-tolerant.

April is also time to plant herbs and flowers. Sow seeds or transplant seedlings of annual herbs such as parsley, cilantro, dill, and basil. Don’t forget the perennial herbs: chives, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, lavender, mint. For edible flowers, try chive blossoms, peppery nasturtium, and sweet violas.

Ginkgo Gardens is fully stocked with seeds and seedlings for vegetables, herbs, and flowers; trowels and other hand tools; and watering equipment such as hoses, watering wands, and watering cans.

And thank you, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for your shout out on Twitter. We all think your garden plot looks great. We'd like to pay it forward and shout out to Mighty Greens and their upcoming seedling sales.

Written by: Amelia Vogel

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