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What to grow in April

Autumn is the perfect time to get your vegies, shrubs and fruit trees into the ground before the cold of winter sets in. The soil is still warm and anything planted now will establish quickly before the cooler months of winter.

Here’s some ideas on what to plant now in the garden this month

What to plant

Check out our regional zone planting guide. Find which zone you are in on the map.

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Tropical (North Qld, NT & WA)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: beans (french & climbing), beetroot, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, endive, garlic, kale, leek, lettuce, onion, pak choy, peas, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spring onion, swede, sweetcorn, tomato and turnip.

HERBS: basil, chives, coriander, mint and parsley

FLOWERS: alyssum, calendula, cineraria, coleus, dianthus, foxglove, gypsophilia, impatiens, livingstone daisy, lobelia, marigold, nemesia, nigella, pansy, salvia, statice, stock, sunflower, sweet william, viola, virginian stock and wallflower.

Subtropical (South-east Qld & Northern NSW)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: artichokes, beans (french & climbing), beetroot, bok choy, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, endive, english spinach, garlic, kale, leek, lettuce, onion, pak choy, peas, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spring onion, swede, tomato and turnip.

HERBS: basil, chives, mint and parsley

FLOWERS: alyssum, aquilegia (columbine), bellis perennis, calendula, cineraria, coleus, dianthus, forget-me-not, foxglove, gypsophilia, hollyhock, impatiens, livingstone daisy, lobelia, marigold, nemesia, nigella, pansy, polyanthus, poppy, primula, salvia, statice, stock, sunflower, sweet william, viola, virginian stock and wallflower.

Arid / Semi-Arid (Outback & dry inland areas)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: artichokes, beetroot, bok choy, broad beans, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, endive, garlic, kale, leek, lettuce, onion, pak choy, peas, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spring onion, swede and turnip.

HERBS: chives, coriander, mint and parsley

FLOWERS: alyssum, aquilegia (columbine), bellis perennis, calendula, carnation, cineraria, dianthus, forget-me-not, foxglove, gypsophilia, hollyhock, linaria, livingstone daisy, lobelia, marigold, nemesia, nigella, pansy, polyanthus, poppy, statice, stock, sweet william, viola, virginian stock and wallflower.

Warm Temperate (Sydney, coastal NSW & Victoria, Adelaide and Perth)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: artichokes, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrotcauliflowercelery, endive, english spinach, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, onion, pak choy, peas, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spring onion, swede and turnip.

HERBS: chives, coriander, mint and parsley

FLOWERS: alyssum, aquilegia (columbine), bellis perennis, calendula, carnation, cineraria, dianthus, forget-me-not, foxglove, gypsophilia, hollyhock, linaria, livingstone daisy, lobelia, marigold, nemesia, nigella, pansy, polyanthus, poppy, primula, statice, stock, sweet william, viola, virginian stock and wallflower.

Cold Temperate (Melbourne & cool highlands)

FRUIT & VEGETABLES: artichokes, broad beans, broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrotcauliflower, endive, english spinach, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, onion, pak choy, radish, rocket and spring onion.

HERBS: chives, coriander, mint and parsley

FLOWERS: alyssum, aquilegia (columbine), bellis perennis, calendula, carnation, forget-me-not, foxglove, hollyhock, linaria, livingstone daisy, lobelia, nigella, pansy, polyanthus, poppy, primula, stock, sweet william, viola and virginian stock.

A few points to remember:

April is a good time to cut back hedges and shrubs to shape and manage their size.

Rake up the fallen leaves and collect them using the Ryset Jute Leaf Bag.  Mix the decomposing leaves with pea straw, shredded newspaper, vegetable peels and lawn clippings make a great compost heap.

Keep watch for winter weeds starting to make an appearance.  Chickweed, cudweed, dandelion, cat’s ear, bindii and winter grass will start making themselves home in gardens across Australia.  Pull or dig these weeds out as soon as they appear with a hoe or weeding knife.

Lawn Care:

This is a good time to remove thatch in lawns by using a scarifyer or steel rake. This will help the oxygen and water get to the grass roots.  Check out 7 Essential Lawn Care Jobs To Do In Autumn

Top up any bare lawn sections and fertilize with an organic based lawn fertilizer.

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In winter, the sun is lower in the sky leaving your indoor plants to be exposed by the direct sunlight and burnt.  Move plants to a position that is bright and out of the direct sunlight.