Map out your veg patch for the summer

We’ve put together a little guide to take you through the next few months and help you get the most from your veg patch this summer. A little extra planting here and there and you can really get a great crop right through to the winter and maximise the space in your garden.

June

June is a fabulous month for planting out in the veg patch and we’d recommend getting most of your summer veg planted during the next few weeks. It’s also a good idea to top up your veg patch if you planted out earlier in the spring to extend your crop.

The below are particularly good planted out in June:

  • Sweetcorn
  • Courgettes, squash & pumpkin
  • Beans & peas
  • Root veg
  • Leeks & onions
  • Summer sprouting broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts (mid to end June)

Being warmer, June is also a good month to plant out the more tender vegetables if you’re growing them outside rather than in a greenhouse/polytunnel:

  • Tomatoes
  • Chillies & Peppers
  • Aubergine & Okra

Leeks

July

July is the month to get a few more things in the ground for a late summer/early autumn crop. We often plant out quick growers in July, plugging lettuces, chard and spinach in to fill the gaps of the garden. It’s also a good time to plant root veg and brassicas (if you plant them in July they should be ready for your Christmas dinner!)

Plant now for a summer crop:

  • Sweetcorn
  • Lettuces & leaves
  • Spinach & Chard
  • Beans & peas
  • Beetroot

Plant now for a late harvest:

  • Courgettes & summer squash (autumn harvest)
  • Brussels sprouts, cabbages & cauliflower (winter harvest)
  • Broccoli (late autumn harvest)
  • Kale (autumn/winter harvest)
  • Leeks. beetroot & carrot (winter harvest)

August

August really is a month of harvesting but it is also the time to start thinking about ordering your autumn/winter veggies ready to plant in September and October – there’s a short window for autumn planting, so it’s best to be organised! You can still plant some last minute lettuces and other quick growers if you’ve got a few gaps.

Last minute planting:

  • Lettuces
  • Salad leaves
  • Chard & Spinach
  • Oriental leaves (like pak choi)
  • Carrots, turnips & beetroots

Plants to order for Sept/Oct planting:

  • Cabbages
  • Kale
  • Spinach & Chard
  • Winter lettuces/leaves (Giant Red Mustard, Land Cress, Winter Purslane etc)
  • Broccoli
  • Spring Onions
  • Turnips
  • Chicory