April planting and harvesting guide

April is the start of Spring, when the clocks have changed and the sun starts to show it’s face a lot more throughout the day. It’s a great month to get started planting fruit and veg, especially if you have a greenhouse or indoor space to get plants started to avoid those last few frosty nights.

There’s a long list of things that you can plant in April - just make sure you keep young plants protected from frost until you’re sure that temperatures will stay above around 5-7 degrees at night, which will give them the best chance of survival.

Below is our straightforward guide to which fruit & veg you can plant in April - as well as which will be ready to harvest if you’re already growing.

For instructions and advice on how to grow fruit and veg in containers and small spaces, read our guide.


Vegetables

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Sow indoors in pots (windowsill, greenhouse or conservatory will all work well)

  • Beans (eg. runner beans)
  • Marrow
  • Courgette
  • Squash
  • Sweetcorn
  • Tomatoes

Sow outside directly into soil (containers, beds and borders will all work, whether in a garden or on a balcony)

  • Beetroot
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Shallots
  • Spinach

Fruit

A lot of fruit tends to ripen nearer the autumn, but April is a great time of year to plant young fruit trees and bushes in time for the harvesting season. Take a look at our guide to growing fruit at home to find out more. Some great ones to start with include apples, pears, strawberries and raspberries.


Ready to harvest

If you already have crops growing, or if you’re just interested to know what’s in season, the fruit and veg usually ready to harvest in April are:

  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Rhubarb
  • Radishes
  • Spring onion
  • Chard
  • Leeks
  • Kale
  • Spring cauliflowers & cabbages
  • Lettuce & rocket

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