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April Seed Starting Guide (Zones 1-10)

April Seed Starting Guide (Zones 1-10)

Posted by Amber Jouben on Apr 8th 2022

Spring has officially sprung and garden season is in full swing! Now is the time to get those seeds started so they will be ready to transplant. There are several types of seeds that can be direct sown this month also, so make sure you have those ordered and ready to go!

Here is your complete guide to starting seeds in April for Grow Zones 1-10.

April Seed Starting Guide Zones 1-10

Zones 1-4

Zone 1-4 growers can start these seeds indoors in early April:

Swiss Chard

Cabbage seed

Broccoli seed

Celery seed

Cauliflower seed

Brussels sprouts seed

Onion seed

Kale seed

Spinach seed

Arugula

Asparagus seed

Onion seed

Chive seed

Herb seeds

Micro-Green seeds


Mid-April Start these seeds indoors:

Tomato seed

Pepper seed

Eggplant seed

*Note: Check your seed inventory for seeds that you will direct sow soon like pea seeds, seed potatoes, carrots, parsnips, radish, lettuces and beets!

Don’t forget to order your spring crop seeds soon.

Zone 5

Gardeners in Zone 5 can start all their cold weather crops indoors under grow lights at the beginning of April if they have not already done so in March.

Start these seeds indoors early April:

Onion seed

Chive seed

Herb seeds

Micro-Green seeds

Broccoli seed

Cauliflower seed

Celery seed

Cabbage seed

Brussels sprouts seed

Kale seed

Spinach seed

Swiss Chard


Mid-April Start THESE SEEDS INDOORS :

Tomato seed

Pepper seed

Eggplant seed

*Note: If you haven’t ordered seeds yet, do it soon! Order your pepper and tomato seeds now.

You will be starting those indoors in the middle to end of this month.

*Order Seed potatoes, carrot, parsnips, peas, radish, lettuce, and beet seeds. They will be direct sown in May.


Zone 6

Zone 6 growers can direct sow or transplant these cold weather crops mid to late April.

These seeds include:

Broccoli seed

Cauliflower seed

Celery seed

Cabbage seed

Brussels sprouts seed

Kale seed

Spinach seed

Onion seed

Kale seed

Radish seed

Beet seed

Lettuce seed

Pea seed

Mustard seed

Chive seed

Herb seeds

Potatoes

Carrot seed

Radish seed

Beet seed

Mid-April starts these seeds indoors:

Squash seed

Cucumber seed

Melon seed

Bean seed

Cucumber seed

Pumpkin seed

Mid-April direct sow these crops:

Spinach seed

Kale seed

Carrot seed

Radish seed

Beet seed

Lettuce seed

Onion seed

*Start hardening off your tomato, pepper, celery and eggplant seedlings at the end of April.


Zone 7

This is a big month for Zone 7 growers! Here is a list of everything you can plant this month.

Transplant These cool season crops outdoors in early April:

Cabbage seed

Broccoli seed

Celery seed

Cauliflower seed

Onion seed

Leafy Greens Like Mustard seed, Turnip seed, Collards seed

Direct Sow cool season seeds outdoors Early to Mid-April. These include:

Celery seed

Cauliflower seed

Brussels sprouts seed

Spinach seed

Kale seed

Carrot seed

Radish seed

Beet seed

Lettuce seed

Pea seed

Potatoes

Swiss Chard

*Start these seeds indoors early April:

Squash seed

Cucumber seed

Melon seed

Bean seed

Corn seed

Pumpkin

Direct Sow or Transplant these crops in Mid April:

Squash seed

Cucumber seed

Melon seed

Bean seed

Corn seed

Pumpkin seed

Okra seed

Transplant these crops Late April ( to mid-May):

Tomato seed

Pepper seed

Eggplant seed

Note: Don’t forget to harden off plants before transplanting! Also, don’t forget to up pot your tomatoes and peppers soon!

Zone 8

Start these seeds indoors early April (or direct sow under cover if needed):

Squash seed

Cucumber seed

Melon seed

Bean seed

Pumpkin seed

In zone 8, growers can start these crops by direct sowing or transplanting them in early April.

Cabbage seed

Broccoli seed

Celery seed

Cauliflower seed

Brussels sprouts seed

Onion seed

Kale seed

Radish seed

Beet seed

Lettuce seed

Pea seed

Mustard seed

Turnip seed

Potatoes

Carrot seed

Spinach seed

Transplant or direct sow these crops MID April:

Onion seed

Chive seed

Herb seeds

Squash seed

Cucumber seed

Melon seed

Pumpkin seed

Mid to late April Direct sow or transplant these crops:

Tomato seed(transplant)

Pepper seed(transplant)

Corn seed (direct sow)

Okra seed (direct sow)


Zone 9

Growers in zone 9 can start a wide variety of seeds in April...both indoors and outdoors!

Start these seeds indoors :

Celery seed

Tomato seed

Pepper seed

Corn seed

Melon seed

Tomato seed

Pepper seed

Eggplant seed

Cucumber seed

Bean seed


Start these seeds outdoors (or transplant)early April:

Lettuce seed

Onion seed

Spinach seed

Radish seed

Beet seed

Herb seeds

Potatoes

Carrot seed

Bean seed

Corn seed


Early to Mid April direct sow or transplant these :

Tomato seed(transplant)

Pepper seed(transplant)

Corn seed (direct sow)

Okra seed

Bean seed

Corn seed

Sweet Potatoes


Zone 10

Your weather is warm and there are many crops that you can plant this month!

The weather in zone 10 is too warm in April to start seeds for cool weather crops, so instead focus on planting warm weather crops like the ones below.

Direct sow in April:

Okra seed

Bean seed

Corn seed

Squash seed

Cucumber seed

Melon seed

Potatoes

Onions

Tomato seed

Pepper seed

Eggplant seed

Sweet Potatoes

Melon seed

Pumpkin seed

Herb seeds

Transplant any time in April:

Tomato seed

Pepper seed

Eggplant seed

Tomato seed



While April may bring snow to some zones this month, and hot sunny days to other zones, there are still many seeds to start and plants to transplant...no matter your which zone you are in!

Dust off those garden tools, fill your pots with soil, start those seeds, and let the growing begin!

Gardening season has officially arrived!

Blessings of Bounty - Amber Jouben

Heritage Hollow Homestead



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