Friday, April 5, 2013

What to sow or plant in April

A little inspiration -
autumn in the Potager du Roi at Versailles


Cooler weather at last!

Many of us have delayed planting winter and spring crops until we can be sure the warm weather has finally finished.

But it's finally feeling relatively autumnal, so let's look at a few veggies you can get into the ground now:
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Brussels sprouts (if you're quick!)
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard (or silver beet)
  • Choy sum
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard greens
  • Mitsuna
  • Onion
  • Pak choy
  • Peas (early)
  • Radishes
  • Radicchio
  • Shallots
  • Snow peas
  • Spinach
  • Swedes
  • Tatsoi
  • Turnips.

Normally, we'd have sown members of the Brassica family (such as cabbages, broccoli, Brussels sprouts) as soon as the days cool down in March. They take quite a while to mature, and love the cold weather. But at this stage, you'll want to get seedlings of these - rather than seed - into your plot soon.

It's also a great time to plant herbs such as dill, chives and oregano, or sow seeds of coriander and parsley directly into their new home.

Our Communal Crew at the West Brunswick Community Garden is getting ready for a big planting session (or two or three) in the coming weeks, with a list of seedlings and seeds as long as your arm. 

What's going into your plot this autumn?

You might not need to plant quite this many...