WHAT TO PLANT IN
April

Southern Interior Region

 

Southern Interior Garden Region Map 


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"There is no law in America to prevent you from growing your own food -- the pure, natural kind everyone should be eating. The amount you can produce is limited, not by the area of land you have at your disposal, but only by your ability to work with and understand the laws of nature…People and crops do best when they like each other."

Back to the Land and Why by Art Hellemann

Issue No. 32, March/April 1975

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 Southern Interior Gardening:
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Here are the Top Ten crops for the Southern Interior 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: Southern Interior

1. Sweet pepper
2. Slicing tomato
3. Bush snap bean
4. Summer squash
5. Broccoli
6. Garlic
7. Bulb onion
8. Pole snap bean
9. Cherry tomato
10. Hot pepper
 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Cabbage, collardskale 

Cucumber family: Cantaloupe, watermelon, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach, turnip greens 

Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup beans, edamame, pole beans, snow/snap and shell peas 

Root crops:  Potatoradish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, sweet potato 

Tomato family:  Eggplant, tomatillo

Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, okra, rhubarb, scallion, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Arugula 

  

XXX 

  

Asparagus 

     

XXX 

Bean, snap 

  XXX   

Broccoli  

 

  

XXX  

Cantaloupe    XXX   

Carrot 

  

XXX 

  

Celery  

 

  

XXX  

Chard 

 

 XXX    
Corn, sweet    XXX   
Cucumber    XXX   
Eggplant 

XXX 

    XXX 
Fennel, bulb 

 

    XXX 

Kohlrabi 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Leek  

 

  

XXX 

Lettuce 

 

XXX 

 

Okra    XXX   
Peas, southern     XXX   

Peppers 

 

    XXX 

Radishes 

  

XXX 

  

Squash, summer 

  

XXX 

Squash, winter 

  

XXX 

  

Sweet potato 

  

 

XXX 

Tomato 

 

    XXX 

Turnip 

  

XXX 

  
Watermelon     XXX   

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

     XXX 

Chives 

  XXX  XXX 

Cilantro 

  XXX    

Dill  

   XXX   

Fennel, leaf  

 

XXX  

 

Horseradish 

      XXX 

Marjoram  

 

  

 XXX 

Parsley  

 

XXX 

 

Rosemary 

      XXX 

Sage 

      XXX 

Savory, summer  

 

 XXX 

 XXX 

Thyme 

     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.

 

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