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Month by month sowing suggestions
a vegetable sowing calendar for the year

January

 . . . is really a month for eating your stored winter vegetables and hopefully enjoying the view of the garden from your kitchen window.  However, there are a few things that you can sow right at the end of the month particularly if you live in a warmer part of the country and/or have a polytunnel or greenhouse

In trays or pots . . .

In a polytunnel or greenhouse . . . 



plant pictureFebruary

 . . . still winter time, but the days are beginning to get a little longer

In trays or pots . . .

In trays or pots somewhere warm (germinator/warm airing cupboard etc).  Bear in mind that they will need somewhere warm & light to grow on

In a polytunnel or greenhouse . . . 

plant pictureMarch/April

 . . . depending on the year, and where you live, the soil may be starting to warm up by mid March – or it may still be frozen solid.  But hopefully by April in much of Britain the main spring sowings should be getting under way

Outside (depending on weather and soil conditions)

In trays or pots

In trays or pots somewhere warm (germinator/warm airing cupboard etc).  Bear in mind that they will need somewhere warm & light to grow on

In a polytunnel or greenhouse direct into the border

plant pictureMay

 . . . in most parts of the country the soil will be warming up and things will be starting to grow.  Lots of sowing (and weeding!) this month

Outside

In trays or pots

In trays or pots somewhere warm (germinator/warm airing cupboard etc).

In a polytunnel or greenhouse border



June

 . . . still time to sow most of the summer crops, although starting to get a bit late for courgettes, squashes & cucumbers .  From the middle of the month start to sow crops for autumn & winter

Outside

In trays or pots somewhere warm (germinator/warm airing cupboard etc).

In a polytunnel or greenhouse border

July/August

. . . Hopefully you'll be having lots of sunshine, but enough rain to keep things growing. Don't forget to keep sowing over the summer, there are lots of things to put in now that will keep your garden productive over the winter and into next year.

plant pictureOutside

In a polytunnel or greenhouse border



September/October

. . . time to get some last sowings of winter salads and greens in the ground, and think about ways of protecting crops over the winter. Cloches, mini-tunnels and fleece are all useful ways of extending the season.

plant pictureOutside

In a polytunnel or greenhouse border



November/December

. . . ideal months for tidying up the garden, sorting out your compost heaps and getting everything in order for the new year.

Outside