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Prepare your fruits and vegetable seedlings, purchase fertiliser, sprays, and pots. Garden centres often have sales in January, so make sure to take advantage of it so you can save money!

Tip: It’s best to take your gardening activities indoor if the weather is wet. 

If you have a greenhouse, get clean labels and get the pots ready for sowing. Also, ensure to check if your propagator and heater are working, considering the cold weather for this month.

As for the type of crops you can plant, Brussels sprouts cabbages and leeks are ideal as soon as the soil is clear. You can opt for potatoes too!

February

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By mid-March, depending on where you live, the soil may begin to warm up. However, in other places, it may still be frozen solid. 

On the other hand, vegetable growing takes off by April. So ensure to chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month. April is the perfect time to sow seed outdoors in well-prepared soil.

Here’s what you can plant outdoors depending on the weather and your soil conditions:

  • Root crops, including the first sowing of turnips, carrots, beetroot, and parsnips.
  • Leeks
  • Swiss chard & leaf beet
  • Radishes and spring onions
  • The first sowing of summer salads (lettuces, cress, radishes, endive, rocket, etc.)
  • Brassica crops (for the summer)
  • Kale (Winter)
  • Cabbages (Summer)
  • Brussels sprout
  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • Calabrese
  • Cauliflowers

In trays or pots somewhere warm:

  • Tomatoes, peppers, and aubergines (ideally by the end of the month.)
  • Celery
  • Squashes, cucumbers, melons, and courgettes

In a polytunnel or greenhouse border:

  • Summer salads
  • Herbs such as basil, coriander, and parsley
  • French beans

May

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You can start planting in earnest as the threat of frost is now long past. There’s plenty to keep you busy in the garden this month and with that here are the seasonal things to sow and grow in the garden this June.

What to plant outdoor:

  • Herbs (Parsley, coriander, etc.)
  • Root crops (carrots, beetroot, turnips, etc.)
  • French and runner beans
  • Swiss chard and leaf beet
  • Fennel
  • Sweetcorn
  • Continue sowing salads, including oriental salads (mibuna, mizuna, mustard greens, etc.) after the middle of the month

At the beginning of the month, you may start sowing these plants in trays or pots somewhere warm:

  • Squashes
  • Courgettes
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons

In a polytunnel or greenhouse border:

  • Herbs (Parsley, coriander, etc.)

July/August

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September might be the peak of harvest time, but there’s still lots to sow and plant this month all the way to October. The time has come to get some last sowings of winter salads and greens in the ground!

What to plant outdoors:

  • Spring cabbage (early September and in warmer areas only.)
  • Winter salads and greens, winter lettuce, and oriental vegetables
  • Bunching onions (early September)
  • Broad and round seeded peas (from mid-September)
  • Green manures

In a polytunnel or greenhouse border:

  • Hardy oriental greens
  • Winter salad leaves
  • Herbs such as basil, dill, chives and parsley

November/December

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