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Veggie Seeds to Start in April

Spring is finally here with increased daylight and garden soil warming up. April is the best time to plant most of your vegetable seeds. Cool season crops can be directly planted in the ground. Warm season vegetables need to be stated indoors and placed outdoors after your last frost date. Plant tomatoes, squash, corn, cucumbers and peppers from seeds indoors. Below is the list of vegetables that can be started outdoors in April. Be sure to check your gardening zone for last frost dates.


Beans:
10 day sowing of different varieties. This will give you continual bean crops and not one large harvest. Suggested varieties: Kentucky Wonder, Contender, Topcrop 

Beets
Sow beets now for a fast, early summer treat. Suggested Varieties: Detroit Dark Red 

Broccoli  Suggested variety: Packman A high yielding, small head broccoli with great flavor 

Brussels Sprouts   Suggested variety: Franklin is the earliest maturing of all the Brussels sprouts. It has the added bonus of high quality, uniform, firm sprouts. 

Cabbage
Cabbage is one of the easier plants to grow in the garden. Select a variety that is right for your location (size and maturity length). Be sure to fertilize and water when cabbage head begins to form. Suggested variety: Early Jersey Wakefield, Golden Acre, Chinese Blues, Mei-Qing, Red Cabbage

Cauliflower Suggested variety:Snow Queen vigorous, rapid growth and long harvest. It's head is snow-white that measures 7-8" inches. across. Give cauliflower fertile soil, full sun and steady moisture and you'll be rewarded with large, delicious heads that are high in vitamin C. 

Celery Suggested variety: Tango stalks are wonderfully crunchy and sweet, springing up from exceptionally vigorous, robust plants. 

Corn
One of the most rewarding and fast growing crops to grow. Corn is delicious when cooked only minutes after being pulled off the stalk. Try a small plot of corn, working your way to a large field of several varieties. Suggested variety: Honey n Pearl, Peaches and Cream, Incredible, Sugar Buns

Cucumbers
Fast growing vine or bush cucumber plants can produce an abundance of cucumber fruits. Be careful to pick a variety for the space you have in your garden. Vine cucumbers can be the best tasting but need far more space than bush varieties. Suggest variety: Burpee hybrid, Burpless, Bush Crop, Pickling

Lettuce
Start a crop of salad mix greens that gets bright, direct sun. Great for summer and fall crops. Suggested Varieties:  Bistro Salad Blend, Butter crunch, Mesclun Mix, Black Seeded Simpson, Gourmet Salad Blend, Head, Leaf, Red Leaf, Romaine 

Onions
Get those onion seeds growing. Be careful to select an onion variety appropriate for your garden zone. Northern areas should plant long day onions. Southern regions should plant short day onions. Suggest variety: Sweet White Walla Walla, Red Burgermaster, Yellow Spanish

Peas

Green peas and sugar peas are good to plant in April, and will produce a May crop. Suggested variety: Sugar Ann, Oregon Giant

Peppers
Fresh, crisp peppers are a garden favorite. Peppers take up little space and can produce high yields when planted close together. Plant as many different varieties as possible. They come small, big, hot, mild, and an array of different colors. Suggested variety: California Wonder, Golden Bell, Hungarian Yellow, Early Jalapeno, Sweet Banana, Super Chili

Summer Squash
Yum! Summer squash sowing in June will lead to fresh squash and zucchini in July and August. Suggested Varieties: Acorn, Early Butternut, Pumpkin, Spaghetti, Zucchini

Tomatoes

The most popular garden vegetable. Growing tomatoes is not only fun but treats you to some of the best tasting fruits in the world. Tomatoes come in many colors, shapes, taste, and sizes. Grow a few varieties every year to find your favorites! Suggested variety: Betterboy, Brandywine, Early Girl, Heirloom Brandywine, Juliet, Oregon Spring, Patio, Sunsugar, Super Fantastic, Super Sweet 100