April is a great time to start thinking about gardening. Gardening in April in zones 9 & 10 is great because of the variety of crops that you can choose from! This article will focus on gardening in April for zones 9 & 10.
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Spring is officially here which means gardening season is in full swing! Make sure you are stocked up on all of the gardening supplies that you’ll need for the summer like some of the awesome tools below:
- Gardening gloves
- Knee Pad
- Gardening Stool (I’m going to have to invest in one of these! It’s a seat, has pockets for tools and can fold down to be used as a knee pad!)
Gardening in April: What to Plant
Plant by Transplants
You’ll want to start the following crops as transplants in your garden in April in zones 9 & 10. You can either use your own that you started indoors or grab some from your local garden store. If you want to learn more about starting your own seeds you can check out my free video course on seed starting basics here: Seed Starting Basics
Peppers are some of our favorite plants! Pepper plants are really pretty, so we actually use them in our front flower beds as part of our landscaping each year! It’s a great way to make your flower beds beautiful while also saving some much-needed space in the garden for other crops!
It seems like everyone wants to grow tomatoes in their own garden. And I understand why! Homegrown tomatoes are delicious! You can find my tips on growing tomatoes at home here: 10 Tips for Growing Tomatoes
Our kids hate Brussels sprouts, but we love them! April is the perfect time to get Brussels sprouts started in your garden in zones 9 & 10.
You’ll want to get celery started in your garden this month!
Gardening in April: Crops to Plant by Seed
One of my favorite things about gardening in April is that I can start planting seeds outside! If you’re in zones 9 & 10 you may have already started planting seeds directly in your garden, but for my area, that is a luxury! You can get the following crops started as seeds in April:
Green beans are one of my favorite crops! They taste SOOO much better than any green bean you buy at the grocery store and they’re a productive crop! You can find my tips for growing green beans here: How to Grow Green Beans
We love corn! It’s one of the most exciting things about gardening in April! We use the hill method when we plant corn and we’ve had a lot of success with it (plus it saves valuable garden space for other yummy crops!)
Cucumbers are easy to grow and they are very productive which makes them great for first-time gardeners!
Summer Squashes (Zucchini, Crookneck & Pattypan)
I highly recommend that you try some summer squash this year! Maybe look for a new variety that you haven’t tried before! You can check out my summer squash growing guide here: Growing Guide: Growing Summer Squash
All Winter Squashes & Pumpkins
April is also a great time to get your winter squash and pumpkins started in your garden! Pumpkins are a fun crop to grow, especially if you have young kids, so I highly recommend them!
One of my favorite things about gardening in April is getting to try new plants in my garden. This year we will have to try eggplant!
Melons are some of the most rewarding crops to grow in your garden. Although they take up a bit of space, it’s all worth it when you get to have some delicious watermelon that you grew in your own backyard!
I love growing my own lettuce. Not only do I avoid all of the E. Coli outbreaks that you hear about with store-bought lettuce, but it’s also easy to grow and it tastes great!
Sweet potatoes are another great crop that you can get started in April in zones 9 & 10!
Potatoes are a great crop to get started in April. We use the hilling method to grow potatoes and it works really well!
Gardening in April is exciting! I hope this planting guide was helpful as you get ready to start your garden this month! What are you planting in your garden in April? Let me know in the comments below!