WHAT TO PLANT IN
April


North Central and Rockies Region

 

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"It's love that keeps you walking over a place and it's love that makes you imagine what can be done on it. More and more since Tanya and I have lived on this farm, our life has been taken up with imagining what would be possible. And we'll be involved in that until we die, or until our energy plays out. Our life here has developed in response to this place and the potential in it. By now we've realized some of it, but the most exciting thing is that we know we haven't realized very much of it."

The Plowboy Interview: Wendell Berry

Issue Number 20, March/April 1973

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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 the North Central and Rockies Region
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Here are the Top Ten crops for the North Central and Rockies 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: North Central and Rockies

1. Bulb onion
2. Cherry tomato
3. Carrot
4. Spinach
5. Snow/snap pea
6. Lettuce
7. Bush snap bean
8. Slicing tomato
9. Potato
10. Radish
 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Cabbage, collards, kale 

Cucumber family:  Cucumberpumpkinsummer squash, winter squash 

Leafy greens:  Arugula, chard, Chinese cabbage, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel 

Legumes:  Dry soup bean, fava bean, shell peas 

Root crops: Beet, garlic, parsnip, shallot, sunchokes

Tomato family: Tomatillo

Miscellaneous:  Asparagus, leek, rhubarb, scallion 


VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Asparagus 

     

XXX 

Beet    XXX   

Broccoli  

 

  

 XXX 

Brussels sprouts 

    XXX 

Cabbage  

 

  

XXX 

Carrot 

  XXX   
Cauliflower      XXX 

Celery  

XXX 

  

  

Chard 

XXX 

     
Eggplant 

XXX 

     
Endive 

 

XXX 

 

Kale 

 

 XXX 

XXX 

Kohlrabi      XXX 

Leek  

XXX 

  

XXX 

Lettuce 

XXX 

XXX 

XXX 

Mache  

  

XXX 

  

Onions, bulb  

 

  

 XXX 

Peas (snow, shell, snap)    XXX   

Peppers 

XXX 

     

Potatoes 

  XXX   

Rhubarb 

     

XXX 

Radicchio 

XXX 

 

 

Radish  

 

 XXX 

 

Rhubarb 

    XXX 
Scallion (green onion)    XXX  XXX 

Spinach 

 

XXX 

XXX 

Tomato 

XXX 

     

Turnip 

  XXX   

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

XXX      

Chives 

    XXX 

Cilantro 

XXX  XXX  XXX  

Dill 

  XXX   

Fennel, leaf  

XXX 

  

 

Marjoram  

XXX 

  

  

Horseradish 

    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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