The majority of the vegetables which come out of my garden during April are a continuation of those being harvested for the preceding few months. Eggplants, beans, Capsicums and chillies are all plentiful but as I’ve highlighted them in previous Top 5 in season posts I wont repeat them here. Instead I will focus on the new things just starting to come into season and others which are reaching their peak in April.
Tamarillo – My tamarillos generally starts ripening in April. I don’t seem to have as many on the tree this year. I don’t know whether this is because they are being eaten or that the tree is getting old. The few I do have ripening though will probably be enjoyed in April.
Sweet Potato – In Melbourne reliably warm weather usually begins in November and ends at the end of April giving Sweet Potato the 5 months it usually needs to crop. Last year I harvested most of my sweet potatoes towards the end of April. This year I’m growing them in pots for the first time but I imagine I should still be able to starting harvesting in a few weeks.
Rainbow Chard - By April Spring sown chard plants are often huge. They have gotten through the heat of summer and are putting on new growth in the cooler Autumn conditions. I find that if I don’t harvest from them very regularly they can become absolute monsters.
Celery – In my garden celery is a mild season crop. It seems to enjoy the moderate temperatures of Autumn and Spring over either the extremes of summer or winter. As a result Spring sown celery is usually reaching its peak towards the end of April. I have a number of plants dotted around my garden which should produce enough stalks to enjoy it regularly.
Horseradish – Although you can wait until later in Autumn to harvest horseradish April is as good a time as any to dig up its roots. The roots will be nearing maximum size having grown since late Winter/early Spring. I find horseradish works well with other Autumn crops like Beetroot so now is a good time to dig it up.
Those are my top 5. What will you be harvesting in April?