What Veggies to Plant in April


What Veggies to Plant in April

My kids have been getting pretty stir crazy with our yo-yo weather so I was trying to think what we could do to get rid of their excess energy.  I came up with vegetable gardening.  It always makes me feel like I have accomplished something and helps me sleep well!  I know, most kids aren’t so keen on planting, but when we go to the store to pick up our veggies, I let them each pick out a veggie to plant.  It makes them feel a little more in control of what they grow and eat.  I can usually get them to do some follow-up care too! lol

Our weather is still pretty cool but I opened my garden journal to view what we could plant and realized I am behind schedule.  Whoops.   I thought I would share the list in case someone else decided that this week was a good time to get the kids out in the yard working, and falling asleep earlier!

We live in the midwest so it’s mild days with cold nights still.  You can start planting cool season plants in your garden anywhere using row covers if necessary.  I started a list so you can tweek it to your situation and area.  This is for outside sowing.


  • Beets
  • Fava beans
  • Brussel sprouts late varieties
  • Autumn cabbages
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Chard
  • Early kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Arugula
  • Spinach
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Lemon balm
  • Onion (if not too wet)
  • Asters
  • Calendula
  • Cosmos
  • Nigella
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet William


  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Summer Cabbage
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Onions, from seed
  • Oriental variety salad greens
  • Second early potatoes – early in the month
  • Maincrop – later in the month
  • Marjoram
  • Thyme
  • Asters
  • Sweet Peas