If you’re anything like me you have been itching to get your garden started for the past 3 months. April is when gardening really starts to pick up in my area, so I’m really excited to get everything started! This article will give you a list of what to plant in April for zones 7 & 8.
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What to Plant in April: Zones 7 & 8
Now, I know it’s starting to warm up, but I just want to remind you to make sure that you figure out what the last frost date is for your area. In zones 7 & 8 your last frost should be in early to mid-April, but make sure you check for your specific area.
You will want to wait on planting any warm-season crops on this list until after your last frost date. So make sure you keep that in mind so that you don’t lose any of your crops to frost! If you aren’t sure which crops on this list or warm or cool-season crops you can use this article as a guide: Warm vs Cool Season Crops.
Now let’s get started! Here is my list of what to plant in April for zones 7 & 8!
What to plant in April: Plant by Transplant
Get out your shovels! You can plant the following crops as transplants in April. You can plant your own starts that you grew indoors or head to your local garden store to buy some. If you’re interested in learning how to start your own seeds indoors, for future plantings check out my free video course! Seed Starting Basics
Everyone loves homegrown tomatoes! So, of course, they are the first crop on my list for what to plant in April! You can find my tips for growing tomatoes in this article: 10 Tips for Growing Tomatoes
Peppers are another great crop to start in April! I’m already dreaming about some of the fresh homemade salsa that we will make with our homegrown peppers!
Celery is another you can start as a transplant in April! Get some planted in your garden this month!
What to Plant in April: Plant by Seed
You can plant the following crops as seeds in April! Don’t forget to get some garden markers, so that you can remember what you planted where!
I personally love growing leaf lettuce. It’s easy to grow and you don’t have to worry about all of the E. Coli outbreaks that you hear about on the news! We grow some type of lettuce year-round in our garden. April is a great time to get some lettuce started!
You can also get a late planting of spinach started in April! You can never have too much spinach (and even if you do, you can make this yummy strawberry spinach salad!)
Not only do cucumbers taste great, but they’re super easy to grow! That makes them the perfect crop for first-time gardeners to try out!
Melons are my favorite! They’re the perfect summer treat, so make sure that you get them started in your garden this month!
Summer squash is another great crop for beginners. There are so many different varieties that you can try, so consider trying something new this year! You can check out my guide for growing summer squash here: Growing Guide: Growing Summer Squash
You wouldn’t expect winter squash to be on the list of what to plant in April, but it is! Get your winter squash seeds started this month!
Corn is one of my favorite crops to grow. However, if you have limited garden space as I do, you may want to consider using the hill method. We’ve planted our corn using this method and have had a lot of success, plus it saves space for other crops in your garden! Try it out in your garden this month!
Beans from the store just can’t compare to homegrown beans from your own garden. We actually freeze our beans, so that we can have our own beans year-round!
After the last frost date in your area, you can get sweet potatoes started in your garden!
Zone 7: Cool Season Crops
If you live in zone 7 there are still some cool-season crops that you can start in your garden this month. Unfortunately, it’s a little bit too late for these crops if you’re in zone 8!
- Brussels sprouts
I hope you enjoyed this guide for what to plant in April for zones 7 & 8! What will you be planting this month? Happy gardening!