Subject Urban farm : ResearchPosted: March 9, 2015
General information on what can be grown throughout the year :
- • For the show bench, start sowing Celeriac and Celery now in a heated propagator.
- • Herbs are easy to grow on your windowsill and provide fresh greens all year round.
- • Sow exhibition onion seeds to give the bulbs time to grow as big as possible. Use varieties such as Bunton’s Showstopper and Ailsa Craig.
- • Order rhubarb crowns now ready for planting in the spring. Or if you’d like to grow your own rhubarb from seed, start them off now in a heated propagator.
- • Salad leaves and spinach can be grown on a bright windowsill indoors for tasty early greens.
- • Start chitting (sprouting) first early potatoes on a windowsill indoors.
- • Start Asparagus Pea seeds under cover for planting out in late spring.
- • Sow aubergine seeds now for indoor crops this summer.
- • Grow your own basil on the windowsill to flavour your favourite Italian dishes.
- • Start early sowings of brassicas under cover. Try Brussels Sprouts, Summer Cabbage , Cauliflower ‘All the Year Round’ , and Calabrese ‘Aquiles’.
- • Celeriac is a slow growing vegetable – start seeds now under cover.
- • For early sowings of celery try bolt-resistant varieties such as ‘Lathom Self Blanching’.
- • To grow cucumber and tomato plants for the greenhouse, start sowing seed now in warm conditions.
- • Leeks need a long growing season so start sowing them now under cover.
- • For really large onions sow ‘Bunton’s Showstopper’ and ‘Ailsa Craig’ indoors now.
- • Sweet Peppers can be sown now for growing on in a heated greenhouse. Provide plenty of warmth.
- • Chit (sprout) early potatoes on a windowsill indoors.
- • Aubergines need a long growing season so start the seeds off in the propagater now.
- • Start basil seeds off now on your kitchen windowsill or for planting out after the risk of frost.
- • Sow Brussels sprouts now under cover.
- • Cauliflowers can be started off now under cover.
- • Celeriac needs a long growing season so start them now under cover.
- • Sow celery indoors from the middle of the month onwards.
- • Sow chilli peppers and sweet peppers indoors now.
- • Sow perennial herbs such as lemon balm, rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme under cover.
- • For greenhouse growing, sow cucumbers and gherkins in warmth now.
- • Sow tomato seeds under glass for greenhouse cultivation. Use our tomato selector guide to help you choose which variety to grow.
- • Sow salad leaves in pots and place on the windowsill or in the greenhouse.
- • Sow aubergine seeds under glass now for growing in the greenhouse or transplanting outdoors later on.
- • Sow basil seeds in warmth now to protect them from frost.
- • Finish sowing celery and celeriac seeds under glass.
- • Start to sow courgette, marrow, squash and pumpkin seeds under cover.
- • Sow cucumbers and gherkins towards the end of the month, sowing the seeds in individual pots or modules in the greenhouse.
- • Start kale seeds now under glass or directly into seed beds outdoors.
- • Try sowing lettuce in module trays under glass for transplanting in the garden later. Alternatively sow direct outside and thin out the seedlings.
- • Melons are surprisingly easy to grow. Try sowing ‘Orange Sherbert‘ in warmth for a reliable crop in the British weather.
- • Sow seeds of perennial herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme and lemon balm in the greenhouse.
- • Sow runner beans and french beans under cover at the end of the month, sowing individually into module trays.
- • Now is your last chance to order strawberry plants for the coming season. You can also sow strawberry seeds in the greenhouse now.
- • Start off sweetcorn seeds now in modules under cover for planting out after all risk of frost has passed.
- • There is still plenty of time to sow sweet pepper seeds in the greenhouse for bountiful summer crops.
- • Start to sow tomato seeds indoors, ready to plant out after all risk of frost has passed. If you’re struggling for growing space buy ready-grown tomato plants.
- • Start off sweetcorn now in modules ready for planting out after all risk of frost has passed. Grow at least 12 plants for good pollination and cropping.
- • Sow basil in pots for the greenhouse or patio – they thrive in warm conditions.
- • Sow courgette , marrow , squash , and pumpkin seeds under cover now.
- • Sow cucumber and gherkin seeds in individual pots or modules.
- • Sow runner beans and french beans under cover, sowing individually into module trays for planting out after the risk of frost.
- • Think ahead to winter cropping and start kale seeds under cover now.
- • Sow seeds of perennial herbs under cover, such as rosemary , sage , thyme , lovage and lemon balm .
- • Try sowing lettuce in module trays under glass for transplanting in the garden later. Alternatively sow direct outside and thin out the seedlings. Sow every 3 or 4 weeks for continuous harvesting.
- • Melons can be sown in individual modules now – try growing a variety suited to the British climate for the best crops, such as ‘ Orange Sherbert ‘.
- • Sow cucumber and gherkin seeds in individual pots or modules.
- • Sow runner beans and french beans either under cover, sowing individually into module trays, or directly outside where they are to grow.
- • Sow winter cabbage seeds now as they require a long growing season. Start them off in a greenhouse or cold frame.
- • Surface-sow Euphorbia seeds now in trays indoors.
- • Sow Dierama seed now on the surface of moist compost. Keep in a coldframe or cool greenhouse over-winter.
- • Sow winter lettuce such as ‘Arctic King‘ or ‘Winter Gem‘ in modules to plant out later this month.
- • Parsley, coriander and chervil can be sown in seed trays now for growing under glass throughout winter.
- • If you have a greenhouse you can still make sowings of dwarf beans such as ‘Speedy‘ for an autumn crop.
- • Now is your last chance to sow spring cabbages such as ‘April‘ and ‘Durham Early‘. Sow them directly in the soil or start them off in modules.
- • Try sowing Crepis under cover in a cold greenhouse for earlier flowers next year.
- • Start Hollyhocks undercover now. Pot up and over-winter in a cold greenhouse or cold frame.
- • Sow winter salads under glass, protected by cloches or on a bright window sill indoors. Choose types that won’t require extra heat such as ‘Winter Gem‘ , winter land cress, purslane, and corn salad.
- • Sow pots of herbs in a heated greenhouse or on a bright windowsill indoors. Try basil, dill, chives and parsley.
- • Herbs such as Basil, Dill, Chives and Parsley can be sown indoors on your windowsill for winter use.
- • Sow winter hardy salad leaves under cover, such as lettuce ‘Winter Gem’ and ‘Arctic King’.
- • Sow exhibition onion seeds to give the bulbs time to grow as big as possible.