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Friday 5 May 2017

The Vegetable Plot - May

Keep on sowing

Gardening should be as much a pleasure as eating the fruits – and vegetables – of your labours. Slightly contradictory terms but May is a time to continue sowing and why not give the unusual a try with kohl rabi and salsify? If your beds are prepared, you can sow French beans, squash, runner beans and cucumbers after the frosts, or cover the sown area with horticultural fleece for protection.

Late broccoli, peas for August, parsley and chervil can all go in along with cauliflower seeds and sweet corn, chicory for forcing, and ridge cucumbers can be sown indoors then planted out in June. If you have already been sowing in March and April there will be plenty of planting out. At the end of the day enjoy a Big Glut recipe with vegetables you have grown in your garden.

  • Plant out artichokes sown under cover
  • Plant tomatoes in the greenhouse, in soil or grow bags along with courgettes and pumpkins
  • Make succession seed sowing of carrots, lettuces and onions
  • Transplant Brussels sprouts for winter after sowing in spring
  • Sow maincrop beetroot
  • Cut asparagus
  • Sow dwarf beans, Chinese cabbage
  • Harvest carrots and potatoes grown under glass
  • Harden off aubergines and peppers

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