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Thursday 1 May 2014

The Vegetable Plot – May

Successional success

Once again you can make a number of sowings to provide vegetables after the ones raised from earlier sowings. 

Lettuces, spinach and turnips are best in a partially shaded position as a lot of summer heat makes them run to seed. Sow endive towards the end of the month. Grow courgettes, bush marrows French and runner beans from seed if you haven’t grown them in the greenhouse or frame. 

Plant tomatoes and other tender crops in the greenhouse, if you do have one. It’s too late to grow tomatoes from seed but you can buy plants from the garden centre. Sow sweet corn mid month as well as Chinese cabbage and chicory. Sow peas.
  • Thin onion and root crops
  • Earth up early potatoes
  • Protect brassica seedlings
  • Thin peaches and nectarines
  • Train and feed cucumbers  
  • Pot and harden off aubergines and capsicums

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