Seeds to Start in April: Zone 5A

Alright, I’m having a hard time containing my excitement about getting back into the garden!  Ya’ll it’s April!!  Can you hear my excitement?!?!  This is is a big month and we actually get to start planting directly in the garden this month.  I’ll get into that in a minute but first, let me share with you what seeds to start in April for zone 5A.

SIDE NOTE:  If you are in a different USDA Zone (I’m in 5A) you can go to Gardinate to figure out what you can/should start.

April is a big month for vegetables but a HUGE month for flowers.  I am heading to the greenhouse this week to pick up some new flower seeds to try.  I don’t know if you’re like me but I love to have flowers but hate buying annual starts.  I’m hoping to remedy that this year by starting even more flowers from seed.

Without further adieu, here is a list of what you can plant in your seed starting trays in April for zone 5A.

Vegetables to Start in April

  • Artichoke (until mid-month)
  • Arugula (until mid-month)
  • Bok Choy (until mid-month)
  • Broccoli (all)
  • Brussel Sprouts (until mid-month)
  • Cabbage (all)
  • Cauliflower (until mid-month)
  • Celery (mid-month)
  • Chicory (all)
  • Chili Peppers (all)
  • Collards (all)
  • Cress (all)
  • Eggplant (until mid-month)
  • Kale (all)
  • Leeks (all)
  • Lettuces (until mid-month)
  • Okra (mid)
  • Onion (until mid-month)
  • Radicchio (all)
  • Scallions (until mid-month)
  • Sorrel (all)
  • Spinach (mid)
  • Swiss Chard (all)
  • Tomatillo (all)
  • Tomato (all)

Flowers to Start in April

  • Agastache (mid)
  • Ageratum (all)
  • Alyssum (until mid-month)
  • Aster (all)
  • Begonia (all)
  • Bells of Ireland (all)
  • Calendula (all)
  • Celosia (all)
  • Chamomile (all)
  • Cleome (all)
  • Coleus (all)
  • Convolvulus (all)
  • Coreopsis (all)
  • Cornflower (until mid-month)
  • Coneflower (all)
  • Cosmos (until mid-month)
  • Cuphea (all)
  • Dianthus (until mid-month)
  • Dusty Miller (until mid-month)
  • Gaillardia (all)
  • Gazania (all)
  • Geranium (mid)
  • Gomphrena (all)
  • Heliotrope (all)
  • Impatiens (mid)
  • Johnny Jump Up (until mid-month)
  • Lantana (all)
  • Lavender (all)
  • Lobelia (until mid-month)
  • Marigold (all)
  • Monarda (all)
  • Morning Glory (all)
  • Nicotiana (all)
  • Nigella (mid)
  • Osteospermum (mid)
  • Pansy (until mid-month)
  • Petunia (all)
  • Phacelia (all)
  • Phlox (all)
  • Poached Egg (all)
  • Portulaca (all)
  • Salpiglossis (mid)
  • Salvia (all)
  • Scabiosa (all)
  • Scarlet Sage (all)
  • Snapdragon (until mid-month)
  • Stock (until mid-month)
  • Sweet Pea (all)
  • Tansy (until mid-month)
  • Valerian (all)
  • Verbena (all)
  • Vinca (all)
  • Zinnia (all)

Herbs to Start in April

  • Catnip (all)
  • Chamomile (all)
  • Chives (all)
  • Cilantro (all)
  • Comfrey (all)
  • Fennel (all)
  • Lemon Balm (all)
  • Lemon Verbena (all)
  • Lovage (all)
  • Marjoram (all)
  • Oregano (all)
  • Parsley (all)
  • Sage (all)
  • Tarragon (mid)
  • Valerian (all)

That’s all for today friends!  It’s a doozy of a list right?!

Since we can plant in the dirt OUTSIDE this month, I’m working on a post that will delve into actual in-ground planting for the month of April.  So be on the lookout for that post coming soon!



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