April Gardening Tips for the Mountain West and High Plains

Spring has sprung! It's time to roll up the sleeves, get outdoors, and spend time in the landscape with these timely April gardening tips.
Grow Vegetables

Trim your grocery budget this year by growing your own vegetables. Follow these tips to know what to plant when in your garden.

Higher Elevations and Coldest Northern regions: Plant seeds or seedlings of cool-season crops including radish, pea, lettuce, and greens. For broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage, plant seedlings only.

Lower Elevations and Warmer regions: Your last average frost date is this month. Check with a local garden center if you're unsure the correct date. When danger of frost is past, plant seedlings of warm-season vegetables and herbs, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and basil.

For all elevations and regions: Plant potatoes and perennial vegetables, such as rhubarb, strawberry, and asparagus.

Wait two to three weeks before sowing seeds of heat-loving varieties such as corn, squash, green beans, cucumbers, and melons. (This also includes heat-loving flowers, such as zinnia, marigolds, and cosmos.)

Test Garden Tip: You know soil is warm enough (60F) for heat-loving crops when you can walk on it barefoot. This temperature typically occurs about two weeks after your last average frost date.

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