- Continue sowing half-hardy annual vegetables such as courgettes, butternut squash, pumpkins, sweetcorn, basil beans such as French or runner beans. They are quick to grow and will not suffer from being sown late. By the time they are large enough to plant out, it will be warm enough outside for them to survive.
- If the soil is warmed up enough, hardy annuals can be sown directly into it now. This includes lettuce, carrots, beetroot, chard and spinach.
- Continue to sow herbs such as coriander, dill, and basil.
- Continue to sow peas under cover, either individually into 3 inch pots, large plugs, or lengths of half-guttering, which makes it easy to slide the growing plants out into the soil when it comes time to be planted. If you continue to sow peas in succession, you will ensure cropping of peas throughout the season.
- You can continue to sow plants such as brussel sprouts, cah1iflowers and parsnips which require long growing seasons.
- You can still sow tomatoes for planting outside, but get them growing quick now! Quick to mature bush varieties such as Red Alert are best for growing outside.
TO GROW ON
- Any seeds or plants already growing, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, melons etc. Don’t restrict them too much at this stage; large pots means their growth won’t be slowed at any point.
TO PLANT OUT
- Second early varieties of potatoes can still be planted out, followed by main crop varieties at the end of the month.
- If potatoes haven’t been chitted, don’t worry, it won’t make much difference in yield.
- Plant out tomatoes and cucumbers into their beds at the end of the month, but keep them under cover still.
- Salad leaves and pea tips, and other salad items such as chard, and spinach.
- Brassicas can still be harvested; including kale, cah1iflower, and early purple-sprouting broccoli.
- Herbs – annual herbs such as parsley, chervil and coriander, perennial herbs such as lovage, sorrel, chives, fennel and mint, and evergreen herbs including rosemary, sage, bay and winter savory.
- Continue to prepare any beds for planting later on.