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Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

April 1 to April 30 - Discover what you should be doing right now. Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.

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There is always something to do in the garden when the sun is shining in April. Our hope is that the weather levels out a bit so we have a chance to get more done outside.

 

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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, www.maydreamsgardens.com. She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Plant cool season crops like cabbage and broccoli and provide support for peas

1. Plant cool season crops like cabbage and broccoli and provide support for peas if you’ve already planted them.

2.) Sow seeds for cool season veggies like radishes, lettuce, and spinach every week

2. Sow seeds for cool season veggies like radishes, lettuce, and spinach every week or so to extend the harvests. Choose a few varieties that can withstand hotter days later on.

  • Radish, Royal Purple, , large
  • Lettuce, Prizeleaf, , large
  • Spinach, Harmony Hybrid, , large

3.) Clean up flower borders and divide perennials that are over-crowded

3. Clean up flower borders and divide perennials that are over-crowded, including spring flowering bulbs, which can be dug and divided after they’ve bloomed.

4.) Protect frost-sensitive plants from late frosts

4. Protect frost-sensitive plants from late frosts and begin to harden off indoor grown seedlings. Watch the weather forecasts and keep alert to the possibility of frosts. If you plant frost-sensitive plants before the frost-free date for your area, you will need to provide protection on frosty nights.

  • Kozy Coats , , large
  • Burpee Exclusive Adjustable Frost Protection Kit, , large
  • Floating Row Cover, , large

5.) Plant potatoes.

5. Plant potatoes. Potatoes are easy and fun to grow and don’t mind the cooler days of early spring. You can even grow them in large containers which makes harvesting much easier.

  • Potato, All Blue, , large
  • Potato, Harvest Moon, , large
  • Wooden Potato Planter, , large