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WHAT TO PLANT IN
April

Maritime Canada and
New England

 

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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

 

Photo: Mache (corn salad) beneath row cover

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 Maritime Canada and New England:
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Here are the Top Ten crops for Martime Canada and New England, 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: Maritime Canada and New England

1. Carrot
2. Cherry tomato
3. Cucumber
4. Slicing tomato
5. Summer squash
6. Bulb onion
7. Bush snap bean
8. Pole snap bean
9. Lettuce
10. Garlic
 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family: Broccolikale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugulamache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach 

Legumes:  Dry soup beans, edamame, Peas (snow, shell, snap) 

Root crops:  Beetsparsnip, potatoesrutabaga, shallot, sunchokes

Tomato family:  Peppers, tomatillo, tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleekrhubarbscallions, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Asparagus 

     

XXX 

Beets    XXX   

Broccoli  

 

  

XXX  

Cabbage  

 

  

XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

  

Celery  

XXX 

  

  

Chard 

XXX 

 XXX    
Endive 

 

XXX 

 

Fava bean    

XXX 

  
Fennel, bulb 

XXX 

     

Kale 

 

  

XXX 

Leek  

XXX 

  

 

Kohlrabi 

    XXX 

Lettuce 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Mache  

  

XXX 

  

Onions, bulb  

 

  

XXX  

Pac choi 

 

XXX 

 

Peas (snow, shell, snap) 

 

XXX 

  

Peppers 

XXX 

     
Potatoes    XXX   

Radishes 

  

XXX 

  

Rhubarb 

     

XXX 

Radicchio 

 

 

XXX 

Rutabaga    XXX   

Scallion (green onion)  

 

XXX  

XXX 

Sorrel 

  

XXX 

  

Spinach 

  

XXX 

XXX 

Tomato 

XXX 

     

Turnip 

  XXX   

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

XXX      

Chives 

    XXX 

Cilantro 

  XXX    

Fennel, leaf  

XXX 

  

 

Horseradish      XXX 

Marjoram  

XXX 

  

  

Parsley  

 

XXX 

XXX 

Rosemary 

XXX       

Sage 

XXX       

Savory, summer  

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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