An Easy 4 Stage Planting Programme

If you want to really make the most of your veg patch this year, then take a look at this four-step planting schedule:

Early Spring - Feb/Mar/Apr

  • Plant Garlic and Onion Sets from February
  • Chit Seed Potatoes ready to plant out in March/April
  • Plant Jerusalem Artichokes and Horseradish in April

Don’t be tempted to plant out other veg plug plants until the weather warms up a bit and all risk of frost has passed.

Mid-Spring - Apr/May/Jun

Once the weather warms up and all risk of frost has passed, you can start planting out the majority of your veg plants.

  • Root Veg (parsnip, carrot, beetroot, swede, celeriac, turnip)
  • Fruiting Veg (tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers, courgettes, corn etc)
  • Leeks and Onions
  • Summer Salads & Leaves
  • Brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, kale)
  • Peas & Beans

Mid Summer - July/August

This is a great time to get a few extras in the ground to grow over the autumn months. This will give you a more continuous crop, extending your harvest time into autumn and even winter,  and it’s a good way of filling up gaps that have appeared from early harvests:

  • Kale
  • Sprouting Broccoli
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Beetroots
  • Peas
  • Leeks

Early Autumn - Late Aug/Sept

Assuming you’ve already got your extra brassicas in the ground in mid-summer (if not, plant them now), then the final things to plant will be:

  • Winter Salad Leaves (great planted in a container by the front door for easy access in the colder months!)
  • Spinach & Chard for the winter
  • Spring Onions for an early crop the following spring