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WHAT TO PLANT IN
April

Central/Midwest Region

 

Central-Midwest Gardening Region map 


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"Baby leaves of beets make a scrumptious addition to your salad mix soon after they sprout in spring. Amazingly, mature beets have twice as much natural sugar as corn, carrots or tomatoes."

                        John Navazio, Sweet Beets, April 2004

 

If you're not sure how to start seeds or when to set out transplants, see the Resources section below. Please share timely tips for coping with regional gardening issues in the comments section.

 

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To read more about what to plant in other months and regions, visit our What to Plant Now home page.

For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. 

 

 

Top Crops for Central and Midwest Gardening:

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Here are the Top Ten crops for the Midwest region, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Central and Midwest Region

1. Slicing tomato
2. Sweet pepper
3. Cherry tomato
4. Onion
5. Bush snap bean
6. Carrot
7. Garlic
8. Paste tomato
9. Snow/snap pea
10. Lettuce
 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbagecollards, kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkinsummer squash, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chardmustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach, turnip 

Legumes:  Dry soup beans, pole snap beans, shell peas, Southern peas

Root crops:  Beet, parsnip, potato, rutabaga, shallotturnip 

Tomato family:  Hot peppers, tomatillo

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleekokra, rhubarbscallion, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Arugula 

  

XXX 

  

Asparagus 

     

XXX 

Beet 

  

XXX 

  

Broccoli  

 

XXX  

XXX  

Brussels sprouts 

    XXX 

Cabbage  

 

  

XXX 

Cauliflower      XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

  

Celery  

 

  

 XXX 

Chard 

 

 XXX   XXX 
Eggplant 

XXX 

     
Endive 

 

XXX 

 

Fava bean    

XXX 

  
Fennel, bulb 

XXX 

 XXX   XXX 

Kale 

 

  

XXX 

Kohlrabi 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Leek  

 

XXX  

XXX 

Lettuce 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Onions, bulb  

 

  

XXX  

Pac choi 

 

XXX 

 

Parsnip    

XXX 

  

Peas (snow, shell, snap) 

 

XXX 

  

Peppers 

XXX 

     

Potatoes 

  

XXX 

  

Radishes 

  

XXX 

  

Rhubarb 

     

XXX 

Radicchio 

 

XXX 

 

Salsify 

  XXX   

Scallion (green onion)  

 

XXX  

XXX 

Shallot 

    XXX 

Sorrel 

  

XXX 

  

Spinach 

  

XXX 

 

Tomato 

XXX 

     

Turnip 

  

XXX 

  

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

XXX      

Chives 

  XXX  XXX 

Cilantro 

  XXX    

Fennel, leaf  

 

XXX  

XXX 

Horseradish 

    XXX 

Marjoram  

XXX 

  

  

Parsley  

XXX 

XXX 

 XXX 

Rosemary 

XXX       

Sage 

XXX       

Savory, summer  

XXX 

  

  

Thyme 

XXX     XXX 

RESOURCES

* To learn more about when to sow seeds (indoors and outdoors) or when to transplant your seedlings to the garden, see: Know When to Plant What: Find Your Average Last Spring Frost Date.

* To learn more about how to start seeds, check out Seed-starting Basics. For a primer on how to transplant seedlings, see Garden Transplanting: Expert Advice.

* Find garden seeds from great mail-order companies with our Plant and Seed Finder.

* Learn more about high-quality seeds and great seed companies in Best Seeds for a Bigger, Better Garden and Best Garden Seed Companies, or through our seed company directory

* You might also try swapping seeds locally.

* For tips on growing everything from apples to zucchini, see our Organic Gardening homepage.

 





Post a comment below.

 

Michael_82
4/9/2011 9:20:01 AM
Google "companion gardening".It should only take about 3 months to read all thats available on the subject.

Connie_27
4/23/2010 8:09:11 PM
How do I find out what to plant next to each other? I have raised beds and need to get the basics planted. Thanks Connie





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