Seeds to sow in the garden this month

Some handy suggestions on seeds to sow in your garden now, no matter which climate zone you live in.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive list of what to sow, check out the list of seeds to sow here.

cool Climate - April

BROAD BEAN AQUADULCE

A heavy cropping early strain with fragrant black and white flowers. Wonderful emerald green beans are one of the first treasures of the spring harvest. Plus like all members of the legume family, Broad Beans are one of the most effective green manure crops, adding valuable nitrogen to the soil. Reward your garden and plant a crop today!

CAULIFLOWER MINI

Harvest early for pure white compact heads. The small compact size means you can plant closer at 20cm spacings

ASIAN GREENS MIX

A vibrant healthy mix of all of the essential ingredients for a good stir fry. It contains white stemmed Pak Choy, Tatsoi or Chinese Flat Cabbage, the slightly peppery Tokyo Bekana, crisp and the superbly fragrant Coriander. Just add a protein component and you will have a delicious healthy meal.

cool Climate - May

FENNEL FLORENCE

With soft feathery leaves that add a subtle anise flavour to simple dishes and seeds that can be used in vinegars and pickles, Dill also helps in the war against cabbage white butterfly- the flowers attract a native wasp that is a natural predator of this vegie garden pest.

BABY BROCCOLI

Harvest the stems, flowers and leaves and use in stir-fries or steam as broccoli. Prolong the harvest by picking before the flower buds open. Yields 750g per plant.

POPPY FLANDERS FIELD

Diggers favourite heirloom flower and one of the most widely recognised flowers for its significance in honouring fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day. It's always one of the first spring flowers to bloom on the battlefields of France, and it's commonly said to symbolise the blood of lost soldiers. Plant this season to be a part of the WW1 commerations.

warm Climate - April

ASPARAGUS SWEET PURPLE

With a 20% higher sugar content than the green asparagus this purple asparagus has a wonderful mild earthy flavour when cooked.

CELTUCE

A lettuce that is also used a celery - strange but true. This ancient Chinese vegetable is much sought-after by those that know it, branded 'the next big thing' in Epicurious, so get ahead of the curve with this new (to the west anyway) vegetable. Grow and harvest young leaves as a lettuce then cut the succulent stems when they run to seed, reaching 30-40cm high.

SWEET PEA PAINTED LADY

Painted Lady was the very first sweet pea to bred by plant enthusiasts in the mid eighteenth century and it's still a favourite for gardeners today. The most fragrant of them all with bicolour pink and white blooms and strong stems for cutting.

warm Climate - May

RADISH FRENCH BREAKFAST

Oblong, rose-scarlet radishes with crisp white flesh. Mildly pungent flavoured roots. Harvest in just 35 days when roots are still small.

SPINACH BLOOMSDALE

Introduced to American gardeners way back in 1826 this heirloom variety has thick, crinkled bright green leaves that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Continually pick the outside leaves.

NATIVE EVERLASTING DAISY

Our famous everlasting mix. Dappled shades of pink and white are so easy to raise. Naturalises and perfect for drying as ever-lasting flowers. Covers 5m2.

hot Climate - April

EGGPLANT SLIM JIM

Rich purple cocktail sized fruits and ornamental purple leaves ready to pick in 13 weeks from transplant. Slice and grill on the BBQ, or dice up for a delicious ratatouille. Yields 2.4kg per plant.

SWEET CORN HONEY and CREAM F1

So sweet it doesn't need cooking, with plump yellow and white kernels. Harvest in 12 weeks. Sow >20 C soil temperature.

MARIGOLD RED MARIETTA

A cheeky little French marigold with bright red and yellow flowers that keep bad bugs at bay, making it an ideal edging plant for vegie gardens. One of the best companion plants for tomatoes.

hot Climate - May

TOMATO BLACK CHERRY

Aptly named for their dark, sweet and juicy flesh which makes them look just like cherries, which we all adore. Purple-black, round and exceptionally sweet fruit that is above even the Tommy Toe flavour standard. Very good disease resistance results from a strong and vigorous plant. Harvest in 9 weeks from transplant, yields 7.5kg/plant.

ZUCCHINI BLACK BEAUTY

Pick flowers for stuffing or leave fruit until it is 15cm long. Produces more fruit than the standard hybrid Black Jack. Just 9 weeks to harvest.

NASTURTIUM TRAILING MIX

Perfect for those gardeners beginning their flower adventure because these are just so easy to grow. A brilliant mix of reds, yellows and oranges look wonderful cascading from hanging baskets and over garden edges.

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What to do in April

Sow green manure crops

Green manures are a cheap and very effective way of improving the soil over the winter months in time for the spring growing season. Bio-mustard, peas, vetch and clovers are all valuable crops that can be sown directly into the ground. 

Divide clumps of bearded iris

Divide old clumps of bearded iris this month. Dig up them up and cut apart large clumps, planting out the smaller plants. Trim back the foliage. They'll bounce back in no time and you'll be in for a brilliant display of flowers come spring. 

Sow seeds for spring flowers

Don't wait until spring to sow seeds of poppies...do it now! Prepare the ground by removing weeds and rake it over to a fine tilth. Mix the tiny seeds with sand to make them go further and scatter over the area. Cover with a fine layer of soil and water in well. 

Growing Weeks By Area

Diggers has divided Australia into three simple sowing areas — Cool, Warm and Hot.  These are determined by the number of growing weeks with an average temperature above 15°C each area can expect in a year.

For example, some annuals like beefsteak tomatoes need 16 growing weeks to flower and fruit - this means they will struggle when grown outdoors in Hobart, which only has 13 growing weeks.

Our map tells you at a glance what time of year to sow your seeds for the best results in your area.

Click below for a full-sized map to help you locate your growing area.

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