What to Plant Now: April in the Southern Interior Gardening Region

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What to Plant in April | Southern Interior Region

“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.

what to plant in April in the Southern Interior Region

Top Crops for Southern Interior Gardening:

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, collards, kale

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:Potato, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, sweet potato

Tomato family: Eggplant, tomatillo

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


* 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.

* You might also try swapping seeds locally.

* For tips on growing everything from artichokes to winter squash, see our Crop-by-Crop Growing Guide.

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