April Planting In The Southern Hemisphere

Fall and winter crops should be planted out during April in the cool, temperate regions of the Southern Hemisphere—Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. And now is the time to enjoy the fall colors as deciduous trees put on their show of the year.

In the coolest regions, plant early in the month carrots, kale, lettuce, radish, broccoli rabe, spinach, turnips, and onion sets. Plant beets, head lettuce, mustard and radishes in the cold frame for winter use.

If you want to build the soil this winter, plant cover crops such as vetch, Austrian winter peas, and burr clover now.

In moderate temperate areas, plant beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cress endive, kale, leek, lettuce, mustard, onions, parsnips, peas, potatoes, spinach, and turnips during April.

In the tropical and sub-tropical regions, now is the time to plant out cool-season vegetables.

Here is a list of the vegetable crops that you can sow this month in the temperate, cold, tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Southern Hemisphere:

Temperate regions: artichoke suckers, broad beans, buck wheat, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cress, leeks, lettuce, mustard, onions, peas, radish, shallots, spinach, spring onion, strawberry runners, and turnip.

Cold regions: broad beans, cress, lettuce, onion, radish, shallots, spinach, spring onion, and strawberry runners.

Tropical and sub-tropical regions: beans, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, buckwheat, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, Chinese cabbage, cress, endive, lettuce, mustard, onions, parsnip, peas, potatoes, radish, rhubarb crowns, shallots, silverbeet (Swiss chard), spinach, spring onion, strawberry runners, Swede (rutabaga), tomato, and turnip.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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