Vegetable planting guide: what to plant in April

As bluebells sprout in April, get ready for a busy gardening month Credit: Getty Images

Windowbox or balcony planter 

Sow: Round-rooted carrot 'Atlas’, dwarf pea 'Tom Thumb’ and corn salad 'Baron’.

Patio pots and containers

SowBeetroot F1 'Pablo’ (for baby beets), dwarf broad bean 'The Sutton’ and cut-and-come-again salad leaves.

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Sunny porch, lean-to or unheated greenhouse (mini or large)


  • Clubroot-resistant late summer cauliflower F1 'Clapton’
  • Autumn cauliflower F1 'Aviron’
  • Celeriac 'Monarch’
  • Celery F1 'Loretta’

In late April:

  • Runner beans 'Moonlight’ (white flowers) and 'Firelight’ (red flowers) which 'set’ pods even during a poor summer
  • Disease-resistant courgette F1 'Defender’
  • Indoor mini cucumber F1 'Patio Snacker’
  • Sweet corn F1 'Swift’
  • Asparagus pea
  • Red chicory (radicchio) 'Cesare’
  • Endive 'Glory’
Wait until the end of April to sow radicchio Credit: Alamy

Heated greenhouse/in a heated propagator 


  • Aubergine F1 'Orlando’
  • Cardoon
  • Spineless courgette F1 'Easy Pick Gold’
  • Disease-resistant indoor cucumber F1 'Carmen’
  • Dark-fleshed sweet pepper 'Chocolate’
  • Chilli pepper 'Hungarian Hot Wax’
  • Pumpkin 'Baby Bear’
  • Summer squash F1 'Sunburst’
  • Winter squash F1 'Honey Bear’
  • Butternut squash F1 'Hunter’
  • Okra 'Clemson’s Spineless’
  • Basil 'Sweet Green’
  • Watermelon F1 'Fascino’
  • Sweetcorn F1 'Sparrow’

Outdoor tomatoes: Blight-resistant outdoor bush tomato F1 'Losetto’, yellow-fruited hanging basket variety 'Tumbling Tom Yellow’ and large-fruited, blight-resistant F1 'Ferline’

Herbs: Lemon basil, basil 'Red Leaved’ and parsley 'Giant of Italy’ 

Plant: Striped indoor cordon tomato 'Tigerella’.



  • Beetroot 'Rhonda’
  • Corn salad 'Vit’
  • Kohl rabi 'White Delicacy’
  • American land cress
  • Leek 'Pandora’
  • Lettuce 'Continuity’
  • Parsley 'Champion Moss Curled’
  • Wild salad rocket
  • Summer spinach 'Matador’
  • Turnip 'Snowball’
  • Perpetual spinach
  • Good King Henry

In soil beds, to eventually transplant outdoors:

  • Clubroot-resistant calabrese F1 'Monclano’
  • Broccoli 'Nine Star Perennial’
  • Red Brussels sprouts 'Rubine’
  • Autumn-harvesting cabbage F1 'Drago’
  • Winter-harvesting cabbage 'January King’ 
Some plants aren't ready to go outside so plant them inside for now Credit: Alamy

In cell trays, sprouting broccoli for a long harvest period: F1 'Santee’ (pick from September), 'Rudolph’ (cut from January), and F1 'Claret’ (harvest spears in March/April).

Plant: Indoor tomatoes. Vegetable plug plants as soon as they arrive.

Outdoors under cloches and/or garden fleece 

Sow: Spinach F1 'Lazio’ (thickly to cut as baby salad leaves).

Outdoors in the garden or allotment 


  • Broad bean 'Stereo’
  • Broccoli 'Early Purple sprouting’
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Autumn-harvesting cabbage 'Langedijk’
  • Winter-harvesting cabbage 'Vertus’
  • Corn salad 'Vit’
  • Black kale 'Black Magic’
  • Kohl rabi F1 'Olivia’
  • American land cress
  • Leek 'Bandit’
  • Lettuce 'Rubens Red’
  • Pickling onion 'Paris Silverskin’
  • Parsnip 'Tender and True’
  • Spinach beet 'Erbette’
  • Perpetual spinach
  • Good King Henry
  • Hamburg parsley


  • Brussels sprouts
  • Early summer cabbage 'Greyhound’
  • Red cabbage 'Kalibos’
  • Early summer cauliflower 'Snowball’
  • Sets of onion 'Centurion’
  • Onion F1 'Arthur’ plug plants
  • Chitted tubers of 'early’ and 'maincrop’ potatoes
  • Jerusalem and Chinese artichoke tubers
  • Asparagus crowns
Jerusalem and Chinese artichoke tubers can be planted now Credit: Alamy

Send for now

  • Ready-grown plants of aubergine
  • Broad, dwarf/climbing French and runner beans
  • Beetroot
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Calabrese
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Courgette
  • Cucumber
  • Fennel
  • Herbs
  • Kale
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Melon
  • Onion
  • Peas
  • Sweet and chilli peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Salad rocket
  • Shallot
  • Sprouting broccoli
  • Summer/winter squash
  • Swede
  • Sweetcorn
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnip

Last chance for

Ordering young vegetable plug plants for spring planting, and grafted vegetable plants.