Heirloom Potager Garden Journal | Orange County, CA April Planting Guide

Orange County April Planting Guide

April 6
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Let’s Grow in Southern California

Spring is officially here which means it’s time to plant the summer garden! All your summer favorites should be started from seed and transplanted into the garden.

Hopefully you’ve started some tomato seeds already and have hardened off your transplants! If you haven’t, stop over to a local nursery to pick up some warm season crops and start planning for succession sowing and amending your garden soil. Check out our suggested flower companion planting guide this month to bring happy pollinators to your garden. Heirloom Potager will be installing some new gardens for residential clients and starting a new commercial design project. Check out the Orange County CA April planting guide.

Planning a Spring Garden with Warm Season Plants

Orange County, CA April Planting List
Orange County, CA April Herb Planting List
Orange County, CA April Flower Planting List

Here are a some great options for your April planting list:

Berries, Beans, Beets, Carrots, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Leeks, Melons, Onions (short- and medium-day), Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radish, Scallions, Snow Peas, Spinach*, Summer Squash, Sugar Peas, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes (start 2nd round of seeds indoors), Watermelon, Winter Squash

Herbs*: Arugula,  Basil (start seeds), Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Fennel, Lavender, Mint, Nasturtium, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Seasoning Celery, Summer Savory, Sweet Marjoram, Tarragon, Thyme, Violas, Watercress

*Transplant Seedlings

Unique Heirloom Varieties to Plant this Season

Rosa Bianca Eggplant

from San Diego Seed Company

Black Aztec Corn

from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Renees Garden Windowbox Basil

Windowbox Basil

from Renee’s Garden

Botanical Interests Red Warty Thing Pumpkin

Red Warty Thing
Pumpkin

from Botanical Interests

Practice Companion Planting for Your Fall Garden

San Diego Seed Co Polka Dot Mix Cornflowers

Polka Dot Mix Cornflowers

from San Diego Seed Company

Summer Romance Alyssum

from Renee’s Garden

Marys Heirloom Seeds Autumn Sunflowers

Autumn Beauty Sunflowers

from Mary’s Heirloom Seeds

Botanical Interests Alaska Varigated Nasturtium

Alaska Varigated Nasturtium

from Botanical Interests

Here are a some great companion plants for your April planting list:

Alyssum, Bachelor Buttons, Borage, Calendula, Cosmos, Echinacea, Marigolds, Nasturtium, Poppies, Salvia, Scabiosas, Sunflowers, Zinnias

Companion planting is a very old-world, organic gardening method rooted in creating a diverse ecosystem of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown int he same space. As a result of inter-planting, you’ll create a more habitable environment for plants, improve soil health, and reduce the resources needed to grow sustainable amounts of produce.

Consider inter-planting some herbs with your fruits and vegetables this year to attract more pollinators and help keep pesky bugs at bay.

With a long and tenured history, the practice of companion planning was primarily practiced by home gardeners who weren’t driven solely by efficient outputs. However, as the impact of climate change grows and concerns over the use of pesticides for health increase, more and more gardeners (both home and commercial) are starting to implement the practice of companion planting.

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