January is typically the coldest month of the year in the UK, but the days start to get longer again. Catch the winter, get some fresh air and get busy in the garden. There’s lots to do!
Leeks and Kale
February brings murmurs of springtime.
March means it’s time to spring into action in time with the Spring season! Longer, warmer days mean more time to get outside and garden.
April usually brings both rain and shine, but the daffodils and blooming trees brighten any grey day.
May brings promises of summer. Nature is buzzing with life as insects and wildlife and more flowers are starting to bloom.
Lettuce and radishes
Summer has arrived! That means longer, warmer (hopefully) days and with that comes nature bursting into life. Plants will become thirstier in the summer months, so it’s important to be water-wise, and keep an eye out for pests.
Lettuce, salads, radishes, and new potatoes.
The fruits of your (gardening) labour are starting to ripen. Long, hot days mean more time in the garden. Remember to protect your skin if you are outside during the hours of 10 am – 3 pm!
Time to harvest:
Swiss chard (outside leaves), broad beans and courgettes (before they turn into marrows).
August is the hottest month, but the days are starting to become shorter. Gardens and raised beds will require more water. It’s always best to water early in the morning or late evening, and if possible, use grey water or rainwater stored in the water butt.
Swiss chard, peas, runner beans, sweet corn, salad leaves, radishes and any other veg that’s ready to enjoy.
As the days shorten and the temperature cools, September is an opportunity to take advantage of harvest rewards from your fruit or vegetable patch. It’s also a reminder that it’s time to begin planting spring-flowering bulbs for next year as well as collecting seeds. Take advantage of the remaining warmth while you still can!
Divide herbaceous perennials.
Winter lettuces (outer leaves), Beetroots, Turnips, beans and peas.
October means autumn has arrived. Days are cooler and starting to get shorter, and the leaves begin to change colour and begin to fall.
Spinach and mustard leaves (outer leaves), Kale and Swiss Chard.
As November arrives, so does winter. With leaves falling and harsh weather conditions on the horizon, it’s important to take steps to protect your plants from the elements. If you have a greenhouse, move delicate plants inside. If not, try finding a sheltered spot for them or wrapping them in fabric for insulation. Don’t forget about our feathered friends this season- make sure birdbaths are filled with fresh water, and there is plenty of food available for them to eat.
Carrots, Kale, Spinach and Swiss Chard.
Winter has undoubtedly arrived, and the shortest day of the year is on the horizon. Winter brings frost, so make sure your plants are well protected.
Leeks, parsnips, winter cabbage, sprouts and other root crops.
Source: Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Veg in One Bed by Huw Richards.
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