What to do in the Kitchen Garden in April

*The following information is designed for a temperate southern hemisphere garden  – In particular it is designed for a Melbourne garden.  This is meant as a general guide, indicating the type of things I plant, sow and harvest.  If you have had success with doing things differently then I would love to hear from you and I can update these pages accordingly.*

April is a fabulous month in the kitchen garden, you should still be enjoying many of your summer crops, the autumn crops should have also kicked in and you have a whole new garden to look forward to as you plan for winter and spring.

Seeds to Sow (either direct in the garden or in punnets etc):

Beetroot, Broccoli, Broad Beans, Cabbage, Carrots, Chives, Garlic, Kohl Rabi, Lettuce, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Oregano, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Silver Beet, Spinach, Spring Onions, Swede, Turnip, Watercress

Seedlings to plant out:

Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cavolo Nero, Cauliflower, Coriander, Leeks, Lettuce, Parsley, Silver Beet, Spinach, Watercress

Garden maintenance to perform:

  • Apply lime to area where garlic will be planted
  • Trim Mint plants
  • Fertilise Citrus
  • Seed Saving: Beans, Coriander, Lettuce, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Capsicum, Chillies

Harvesting now:

Seasonal Plants: Basil, Beans, Capsicum, Chillies, Cucumber, Eggplant, Hazelnuts, Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Tomatoes

The following plants should be able to be harvested all year round if planted in succession throughout their growing season:

Broccoli (but it is very susceptible to pests during the warmer months), Beetroot, Carrots, Celery, Lettuce, Parlsey, Radish, Sage, Silver Beet, Spring Onion, Thyme,


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