Hopefully, it’s starting to get a little bit warmer for those of you in zones 3 & 4! Spring is on the way! Spring is my favorite time of the year because I can start my garden! This April planting list will give you an idea of what you can get started in your garden if you live in zones 3 or 4.
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April Planting List: Zones 3 & 4
I’m going to give you two separate lists this month, one for zone 4 and one for zone 3. Unfortunately for those of you in zone 3, there isn’t as much you can plant quite yet! But there are still some great crops that you can get started indoors! Remember if you are itching to do something garden related, you can start planning your garden! Garden planning is important and will help your garden to be more successful! You can read more about garden planning here: Planning your Garden
You can also stock up on some gardening tools and supplies so that you’re ready to go! Here are the supplies I’ve been looking at lately:
Last Frost Date
Don’t forget to figure out the last frost date in your area. It’s important to know what the last frost date is in your area so that you can time when you should start seeds indoors and outdoors. This will differ based on if you are planting warm or cool-season crops.
- Warm-season crops can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date.
- Cool-season crops can be started indoors 10-12 weeks before the last frost date.
- Cool-season crops can be started outdoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date.
Don’t risk starting your seeds too early and losing them to frost! Make sure you figure out what the last frost date is in your area!
April Planting List Zone 4: Crops to Plant indoors
You can start the following crops indoors if you live in zone 4! Never tried starting seeds indoors before? Check out my free Seed Starting Basics course to learn more!
Onions are a great crop to get started indoors in April! You can find my tips for growing onions here: Growing Onions
You can start peas indoors in zone 4 in April. Peas are one of my favorite crops to grow in the spring!
Peppers are another great crop to get started in April. We use peppers as part of the landscaping in our front yard because they’re beautiful plants and it saves us space in our garden!
We eat a lot of spinach around here, so we get spinach started as early as we can!
Homegrown tomatoes are the best! You can start your tomatoes indoors in zone 4 in April!
Broccoli is another great crop to get started indoors in April! We grow extra every year because we like to freeze it so that we can eat it year-round!
Kids may not like them, but we sure do! Brussels sprouts are a great crop to get started indoors in April.
Yum! We eat a lot of kale, so we always make sure to get it started early which is why it’s on our April planting list!
You can also start lettuce indoors in April! We love garden-grown lettuce because it tastes great and we don’t have to worry about all of the E. Coli outbreaks you hear about each year. I know starting lettuce indoors is controversial among gardeners, you can read this article to find out why I do it!
Many people aren’t familiar with Asian greens, but I highly recommend that you give them a try this year!
April Planting List Zone 4: Crops to Plant Outdoors
You can get these crops started outdoors if you live in zone 4. However, you probably won’t be able to start these crops until closer to the end of the month. Remember to keep your last frost date in mind! These crops are cool-season crops, so they can be started outdoors before the last frost date (approximately 4-6 weeks before the last frost date) but use your best judgment!
Beets are packed full of nutrients and they are super easy to grow! I have a how-to guide for growing beets here: Growing Beets
You can also start lettuce outdoors towards the end of April in zone 4! Get some started this month so you can have some yummy spring/early summer salads!
I love topping my salads with radishes! You can start some radishes in late April in zone 4.
You can start your peas outdoors in late April! Getting to start peas is one of my favorite things about this April planting list.
You can also get spinach started outdoors in April! We love having extra spinach around so that we can make our favorite spinach strawberry salad!
April Planting List: Zone 3
Unfortunately, April is still probably too cold to start anything outdoors if you live in zone 3 if you don’t have any garden protection like a cold frame or a greenhouse. However, you can get these crops started indoors so that you can get a head start on your garden!
- Swiss Chard
- Asian Greens
Hopefully, this April planting list was helpful! What will you be planting in your garden this month?