In most zones April is prime time to get growing outdoors. You still need to look out for the last frost date of the season, but warmer daytime hours mean that some urban garden favorites are ready for their time in the sun.
1. Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts take the cooler weather in stride. Get those plants in your beds now and reap the rewards in a few weeks.
2. Tomatoes and Peppers can be transplanted outdoors in most zones as long as the temps stay above 50 degrees. Be prepared to cover them for late season cold snaps.
3. Plant Beans and Peas now and enjoy an early harvest. Stagger planting every 3 weeks for fresh produce all season.
4. Squash, Melons, and Cucumbers love to climb and they’ll do just fine if you plant them in April.
You should also:
- Prune any shrubs that flower in spring only after they have flowered.
- Last chance to plant strawberries, blackberries or raspberries.
- Give new garden plants a layer of mulch.