What to Plant Now: April in the Maritime Canada and New England Gardening Region – Mother Earth News

“There is no law in America stopping you from growing your own food – the pure, natural variety that everyone should eat. The amount you can produce is limited, not by the area you have available, but only by your ability to work with and understand the laws of nature … people and plants thrive best when they like each other. “- Back to the country and why by Art Hellemann, No. 32, March / April 1975

To learn more about what to plant in other months and regions, visit our What to Plant Now homepage.

You can find the planting times for your postcode in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS vegetable garden planner.

Top Plants for Maritime Canada and New England:

Here are the top ten plants for Martime Canada and New England, followed by other recommended plants as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (Selection criteria include ease of cultivation, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage, and desirability at the table.) Recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan crop rotations so that the same plant families are not grown one after the other in the same area as much as possible.

Top 10 Plants: Maritime Canada and New England

  1. carrot
  2. Cherry tomato
  3. cucumber
  4. Cut tomatoes
  5. Summer squash
  6. Onion onion
  7. Bush pod bean
  8. French snap beans
  9. salad
  10. garlic

Other highly recommended plants:

Cabbage family: Broccoli, kale, kohlrabi

Cucumber family: Winter pumpkin

Leafy vegetables: Rocket, mache, mustard (all kinds), pac choi, sorrel, spinach

Legumes: Dry soup beans, edamame, peas (snow, peel, snap)

Root vegetable:Beetroot, parsnips, potatoes, turnips, shallots, sunchokes

Tomato family: Paprika, Tomatillo, Tomato (all kinds)

Other:Asparagus, leek, rhubarb, spring onions, corn


* To learn more about when to sow seeds (indoors and outdoors) or transplant your seedlings in the garden, read: Knowing What To Plant When: Find Your Average Last Spring Date.

* To learn more about how to start seeds, read the Basics on Starting Seeds. For an introduction to transplanting seedlings, see Gardening Planting: Expert Advice.

* Find garden seeds from major mail order companies with our plant and seed finder.

* Find out more about high quality seeds and great seed companies in Best Seeds for a Bigger, Better Garden, and Best Garden Seed Companies.

* You can also try to exchange seeds locally.

* For tips on growing anything from artichokes to winter squash, check out our guide to growing crops.

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