Monday, 31 August 2009

Beech Nuts

I decided to gather some beech nuts.
I found that the ones that were already fallen had largely been stolen by local wildlife, so I decided to pop one into my foraging bag and head home with it to see if I could convince it to open up. A couple of hours later on, still in the confines of my bag, it had opened up of its own accord.

The next time I gathered some I got a larger number that were still closed and when I got home, I put them on top of the oven whilst I was cooking, for about an hour. They all slowly opened so I'd bet they'd do the same within an airing cupboard or other warm environment.

I'd decided that I was going to have them salted, so I took them all from their shells and roasted them, once they'd been roasted I peeled them.
This has taught me that when you gather beech nuts, you gather a lot. A LOT. They're pretty tiny once they're out of their shells and then are peeled:
That's a teaspoon!
Also, when you start to peel them, quite a number are empty, somewhere between a quarter and a half of what I'd collected didn't contain the actual nut part.
Another also, it's really, really fiddly.
I'm pleased I only gathered a small number because it meant I got to taste them and make sure I liked them and wasn't faced with a bag full of something I really didn't enjoy.
I don't like them raw at all, but as is usually the case, once they've been roasted the flavour is quite different.
I'll add the 'recipe' at my cookery blog.

Sweet Chestnut

After the luck of finding the Medlar I didn't imagine that just a few days later I'd have more luck and find a Sweet Chestnut.
I've been keeping my eyes open for one of these as I absolutely adore roasted chestnuts.

The only downside to having found this fellow is that it's located in a Carr (which I've found out means a wet woodland). That sounds pretty enough. However, when I took this photo I was standing on a boardwalk and ideally you need to collect these chestnuts when they've fallen to the ground. I don't even want to guess how boggy that ground is going to be. I don't know that I even dare find out!
Bizarrely, after having looked out for these for months, as I was driving home I spotted another one in someone's garden!

Then yesterday as I walked locally I noticed that a large farmhouse has three of these trees in its back garden!
So, I've found five trees and all of them are inaccessible. That's just mean!

August 28th

Harvested

= Potato (Red Duke of York)

I am stunned by how beautiful and red the skin is of these potatoes, they're a light creamy colour inside too.
They weren't great cut and boiled, but I've harvested them again since and tried baking them. Their skins are wonderfully crispy when baked and inside they go really fluffy - what more can you ask for?
If I dig up any small enough to be boiled whole it'll be interesting to see how they fare.
Also I'm looking forward to seeing how they are when mashed as they were so fluffy when baked.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Medlar & Almond

I went out with a friend for a walk last night and as I parked up near her house I noticed she'd been keeping a large almond tree secret from me.
She claims she didn't recognise what it was, but I'm not fooled for a moment. I'll be keeping my eye on that tree and its lovely nuts!

Then, when we were walking we came upon an old orchard. I've lived in Lincoln all my life and had no idea this even existed. As we wandered in, it seemed rather overrun with brambles - at this time of year I'm not complaining and I soon had pink fingers. Luckily, my friend isn't big into fruit so they were mine, all mine!

Soon we realised that the space was actually quite large with a number of varieties of apple and pear. There were some wonderful miniature pears which are ripe now, so I'll be back to help myself to some of those in the very near future.

I made my friend jump with a sudden whoop as I took off across the orchard, having spotted something a bit further away. A medlar tree! I am absolutely thrilled! It's one of the things on my list that I've been keeping an eye out for and never expected to actually find one so I am really, really chuffed! I'll be having a few of those for the pot! I'm actually excited to have something totally new to cook with.

This will teach me to head out without my newly created (thanks Mum!) foraging sack when I go out walking. Next time I will remember... camera and foraging bag.
It will be my mantra!

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Foraging Locations

I've been out on a couple of walks recently and it's really interesting how my view of the world has changed. I always noticed the nature around me but now I find that I'm really examining the trees and I've seen so much more. There are things I've been waling and driving past for years and just never noticed.
I've found a wonderful walnut tree that I'll be keeping my eye on, but that I have been unaware of, despite driving past it almost daily.


Whilst out on the first of my recent walks I found some great blackthorn hedges so I will be keeping watch on those as everything is ripening way ahead of schedule this year.

I was also really delighted to find some hedges which were almost entirely made up of hazel trees, all of which were fully laden with those beautiful green nuts, now I just have to wait for them to turn the perfect brown shade so I can make them mine.


I feel like I'm very much focused on nuts and berries this year, trying to learn everything would be too much but I'm already recognising more trees than I ever have before.


Whilst on the second of my walks we went through a little copse and within that were all sorts of fruiting trees. I'll be back later for the apples, that's for sure!
I also found a few trees that I thought were cherry trees, but after taking Mum with me to pick a basket full, she tells me they are plums. They're not unlike the Mirabelle plums, but I'm not sure if they are the same or not.
If anyone happens upon this and can tell me the name of them I'd be hugely grateful!

(I've since found out they're Prunus cerasifera 'Myrobalan')
You can see why I initially thought they were cherries:

I also found some really unusual apples, I've never seen their like before but didn't have a camera with me. They're really elongated, almost oblong in shape! I'll be seeing how they taste in a few weeks time!
Mum also gave me the name of a few of the other trees & shrubs that I didn't know, one of which is a Viburnum and has wonderful looking small berries on it, but I can't quite establish how edible they are, or how to determine that as there seems to be a number of different species under that name. Some further investigation is in order!

July 25th

Seedlings:

= Lettuce (Salad Bowl Red & Green)

Seedlings also up for Pak Choi, Peas and Beans.

Radicchio has decided to not yet show its face!

July 20th

Planted:

= Carrot (Early Nantes 5/Purple Haze F1 Hybrid)
= Lettuce (Salad Bowl Red & Green)

July 14th

Seedlings:

= Fennel
= Rocket
= Salad Leaves
= Spinach (Bordeaux/F1 Tetona)

Monday, 13 July 2009

This 'n' That

I'm really cross with myself for having missed most of the elderflower. I only got to make one batch of elderflower cordial and I'd wanted to try several recipes. I also have a recipe for elderflower lozenges that I really wanted to try - especially as it had been a royal nightmare trying to find one of the ingredients.

However, for the past week the majority of what I've eaten for my tea has come from the garden. The lettuce, peas, broad beans, cucumber and carrots for my salad have been picked and on the plate within 15 minutes. Those broad beans, when they're thumb nail size, are just delicious picked fresh and eaten raw.

I'm disappointed that I just didn't seem to get chance for most of June to get into the garden and do some planting there, still I'm hoping that with the weather being a nice combination of lovely sunshine and overnight rain at the moment they'll soon be pushing through the ground and be ready to eat in super quick time.

I've finally got tiny baby courgettes beginning to grow which is really good, I know it's going to go from almost no courgettes to how the heck am I going to eat all these courgettes! I'm going to make sure there's plenty of room in the freezer!

The kohlrabi (I'm never sure whether it's kohlrabi or kohl rabi) is now ready and I must remember to find a recipe for it before it goes too far and is inedible as I'm still cross that happened to all my radishes. I decided not to plant any more radishes as I suspect I just planted too many in the first place.

As the season goes on it's interesting to see what I'm pleased I planted and what I'm not enjoying.
I shan't plant parsnips again. I've got two measly parsnips from the seeds I planted and after reading Sarah Raven's feelings about them I'm inclined to agree; they take too long to grow and taste pretty much the same from the garden and the shop.
I would definitely give more room to peas and broad beans, as I'm wishing daily I had more of those.
The amount of lettuce I have growing is proving to be pretty much spot on for my needs - which is a daily salad. I absolutely adore lettuce!
The same is true of carrots, I would like to be able to get some more planted so will pick up some extra compost and get some more of those in.
I wish I'd got more leeks too as I'm sure that once they're ready they'll be used up in no time, but space wise I think they will be something I have to grow in an allotment - assuming I get one of the plots, I still have my fingers crossed for that!
I'd love a strawberry bed too, they're definitely something I can't get enough of and the few small plants just aren't enough!
The alpine strawberries have gone mad and I have dozens of plants that I am going to need to find a home for somewhere in the garden.

Now I just need to concentrate on getting out there and starting some foraging in earnest. I bought some canvas so that I can make a sturdy bag to take with me, that will hold boxes for berries and the like. I've found a huge beech tree so must check my book again to see what it is that I can do with the beech nuts!

July 12th

Harvested:

=Tomato (Alicante)

July 11th

Planted:

=Dwarf Bean (Cheyenne/Tendergreen)
=Fennel (di Firenze)
=Pak Choi (Red Choi F1)
=Pea (Ambassador/Kelvedon Wonder)
=Radicchio (Palla Rossa Bella)
=Rocket
=Salad Laves/Cut & Come Again
=Spinach (Bordeaux/F1 Tetona)

July 9th

Harvested:

=Pea (Ambassador)

July 8th

Harvested:

=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))

Monday, 29 June 2009

June 28th

Harvested:

=Cucumber (Fempot)

Seedlings:
= Alpine Strawberry (Mignonette) - I missed exactly when these started to come up but it's good to see so many have grown as I really didn't expect any to at all, I'm looking forward to them getting big enough to find them homes in the garden and see how much fruit I get next year.

Also:
Radishes all went crazy and went from being ready to eat to overripe so quickly I missed them and am really cross at myself for that.
Spinaches both bolted, although the Bordeaux made its move much earlier. I have left them in the ground until I have time to replant some new seeds in their place. As it is the leaves are perfectly edible so I don't want to waste them.
The same is true of the rocket which went crazy and bolted. It has few leaves on its spindly stems but I don't want to dump them in the compost, I'd rather dump them in a salad.
I'm really cross at myself, but the weather forced the raab to bolt too and that I couldn't save. It seems to have a really small window as I know the exact same thing happened last year as it was one of the few things I tried to grow, it went from nothing to bolted incredibly fast.

June 27th

Harvested:

= Peas (Sugar Bon/Kelvedon Wonder)

Monday, 22 June 2009

June 16th

Went out foraging for elderflower, finally!
Picked up a big bag and headed out to grab myself some of those flowers.
I have since established I'm rather short and unable to reach the higher branch, I need to get my hands on a walking stick so I can hook the higher branches.
Got it home and made up my first batch of elderflower cordial, now I've got to get out and try a few different recipes.
I'm also waiting for some Gum Arabic to arrive so I can use the elderflower to make some lozenges, really looking forward to that!

Harvested:

Lettuce (Webbs Wonderful)
Baby Carrots (Early Nantes 5 & Parmex)
Was good to be able to eat the thinnings, I don't think I'll ever stop being surprised at how sweet they are straight from the ground, eaten minutes after picking. Just wonderful!

May 29th

Harvested: Salad Leaves.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Kohl Rabi

I totally and utterly forgot that I'd planted Kohl Rabi!
I was in the garden and saw seedlings coming up in what I'd believed to be an empty pot, in fact one I'd decided I was going to plant my courgette in.
After coming back inside and checking the list of what I'd planted I realised it must be the kohl rabi, which is quite exciting.


Less exciting is the something that seems to be ferreting about between my lettuces. I wonder if it might be a hedgehog. If it is and he's grabbing himself a feast of slugs then I think I can forgive a misplaced lettuce seedling or two. I think the slugs would be more voracious.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

May 11th

Seedlings:

=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf)) - 12 days after planting
=Carrot (Purple Haze F1 Hybrid)
=Leek (King Richard) - 12 days after planting
=Pea (Ambassador/Sugar Bon) - 12 days after planting
=Squash (Sunburst F1)
=Sweetcorn (Incredible F1)

Sunday, 10 May 2009

May 9th

Planted:
=Artichoke (Green Globe)*
=Leek (King Richard)*
=Sweetcorn (Incredible F1)*

Seedlings:
=Pea (Kelvedon Wonder)

* All originally planted into cardboard tubes for planting on without disruption to roots into final growing position. Planted out in the garden, with fluorescent straws to mark their positions (I have zero faith in remembering where I planted them!)

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

May 6th

Planted
=Potato (Anya/Red Duke of York) - third planting.

Also:
=Cucumber (Fempot) - shop bought seedling, potted on to final growing pot.
=Lettuce (Webbs Wonderful) - seedlings thinned out and replanted to allow lettuces to develop.
=Tomato (Sweet Million) - small seedlings separated and planted into individual pots - going to have to find some new homes as I don't think I'll have room for me and the tomatoes!
=Tomato (Alicante/Gardener's Delight) - shop bought individual seedlings, potted on into final pots and getting ready to will them to fruit.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

May 5th

Seedlings
=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again - 6 days after planting
=Turnip (Golden Ball) - 6 days after planting

Monday, 4 May 2009

Wild Garlic Foraging

There are some woods just a short walk from my house, in the next village over. At this time of year the floor of those woods have huge swathes of wild garlic, so despite the insistent drizzle my friend and I headed out for a short walk and my first attempt at foraging outside the realm of picking blackberries.
We picked a few handfuls of that wild garlic and fought the wind and drizzle on the homeward stretch.
Once home I gave some of the wild garlic a bit of a rinse and found my recipe for Wild Garlic Pesto - which I'll be posting over on my recipe blog tomorrow.
It's safe to say it creates a smell that will permeate through the house, I'd make it on a day when you can keep your windows open!
That said, it wasn't an unpleasant smell and 100g of wild garlic leaves & flowers, plus the other ingredients, filled an old peanut butter jar that was approximately 450g in size.
Now I have to go back and study what else I can harvest, as thus far I'm just waiting for Elderflower, but hell, I have to start somewhere!

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Compost & Mice

I've been planning on building some compost bins using pallets for a long time, but it was one of those jobs that required other jobs doing first, none of which were particularly going to be any fun.
Then, the sun was shining this morning, I was up and about quite early and decided to crack on.
First I had to cut down two small conifers, the end of a hedge that I loathe.

That was pretty hard work, you know it's going to be before you start, but a part of you hopes that you'll be surprised and the saw will slide like a hot knife through butter. Alas, twas not to be, but finally both trees were down and the space opened up.
Next was the removal of the current, cone-shaped composter which was full to capacity, emptying its contents into the wheelbarrow and using the well composted waste on the borders, to bulk them up a bit.
I paused a moment and noticed movement in a part of the compost heap I hadn't got to yet and the nose of a mouse appeared. I stood absolutely still and the huge eyes of a field mouse appeared. It was clearly a little dazed and surprised, having anticipated a long day in bed. I confess to feeling a little guilty for disturbing it and was careful around that patch of compost in case it could recreate its home in the night.

I went on to screw together 3 pallets into a 'U' shape, obviously upside down, with the open end facing me. I replaced all the compost and threw on a big dustbin of turf & soil that I'd dug up to create my borders and stood back to admire my handy work (read: botch job). It's a long way from perfect but it's a hundred times better than what went before and I'm really pleased that I'm going to be able to get all my kitchen waste into the compost, as I'd been forced into putting it in my household waste and that really irked me.
I plan to add another couple of pallets to make another bin. I'd prefer to have three bins but space won't really allow that sadly. Although I might be able to take out another tree from the hedge and make room.
To my mind it makes sense to have three bins, one to use, one to compost and one to be adding to. That way you'd have an automatic rotation, which has to be healthy for the heaps.

Friday, 1 May 2009

April 29th

Seedlings
=Potato (Anya/Red Duke Of York) - actually noted on April 27th - 12 days from second planting

Planted
=Alpine Strawberry (Mignonette)
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf)) - Secondary Planting
=Carrot (Purple Haze F1 Hybrid)
=Climbing French Bean
=Courgette (All Green Bush)**
=Dwarf Bean (Tendergreen)
=Kohl Rabi (Blusta)
=Leek (King Richard) - Secondary Planting**
=Pea (Ambassador/Kelvedon Wonder/Sugar Bon) - Secondary Planting*
=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again - Secondary Planting
=Squash (Sunburst F1)**
=Sweetcorn (Incredible F1) - Secondary Planting**
=Turnip (Golden Ball)

* At first planting of peas 4 seeds were planted of each variety, resulting in 0 seedlings from the Ambassador variety, 4 seedlings from Kelvedon Wonder and 2 seedlings from Sugar Bon.

** Sown in cardboard tubes.

April 17th

Seedlings
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf)) - 19 days from planting

April 15th

Seedlings
=Carrot (Early Nantes 5) - 17 days from planting

Planted
=Potato (Anya/Red Duke of York) - Second planting*

* I'm using tyres to grow my potatoes in. I find it to be the easiest way of earthing up.
I start with one tyre, fill it with compost, add the chitted potatoes and wait for the shoots to appear.

Once the shoots have properly broken ground, I add another tyre on top of the first and fill it with compost and add the second round of compost. I'm aiming for a stack 3 or 4 tyres high this year. Also, when you're harvesting, you can just remove a tyre at a time and take the potaoes out, leaving the others in the ground.
I'm not sure if you're 'supposed' to do that, but I've done it twice and always had great potatoes.

April 14th

Seedlings
=Carrot (Parmex) - 16 days from planting

April 13th

Seedlings
=Pea (Kelvedon Wonder/Sugar Bon) - 15 days from planting
=Pepper - 13 days from planting

April 12th

Seedlings
=Lettuce (Salad Bowl Red & Green) - 14 days from planting

April 11th

Seedlings
=Beetroot (Chioggia Pink/Perfect 2) - 13 days from planting
=Leek (King Richard) - 13 days from planting

April 9th

Seedlings
=Lettuce (Saladin) - 11 days from planting
=Spinach (Bordeaux/F1 Tetona) - 11 days from planting

April 8th

Seedlings
=Artichoke (Green Globe) - 10 days from planting
=Broccoli (Early Purple Sprouting) - 10 days from planting
=Jerusalem Artichoke - 18 days from planting

=Raab Cima di Rapa - 10 days from planting
=Radish (Cherry Belle/Long White Icicle) - 10 days from planting
=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again - 10 days from planting
=Sweetcorn (Incredible F1) - 10 days from planting

April 7th

Seedlings
=Lettuce (Webbs Wonderful) - 9 days from planting
=Rocket - 9 days from planting

April 2nd

Seedlings
=Potato (Anya) 13 days from planting

April 1st

Seedlings
=Potato (Red Duke of York ) 12 days from planting.

March 31st

Planted
=Pepper (Bolivian Rainbow)
=Tomato (Sweet Million)

Both planted indoors, from kits.

March 29th

Planted:
=Artichoke (Green Globe)*
=Beetroot (Chioggia Pink/Perfect 2)
=Broad Bean
=Broccoli (Early Purple Sprouting)

=Carrot (Early Nantes 5/Parmex)
=Cress (American)
=Heartsease
=Leek (King Richard)**

=Lettuce (Salad Bowl Red & Green/Saladain/Webbs Wonderful)
=Parsnip (White Gem)
=Pea (Ambassador/Kelvedon Wonder/Sugar Bon)
=Raab Cima di Rapa
=Radish (Cherry Belle/Long White Icicle/Sparkler 3)
=Rocket
=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again
=Spinach (Bordeaux/F1 Tetona)
=Strawberries - replanted into new container and compost.
=Sweetcorn (Incredible F1)*

* Planted into cardboard tubes, to be started off in conservatory.

** Planted into cardboard tubes, although seed packet advised planting in final growing position as I intend to plant these amongst my borders as I am living with a small garden. I wasn't confident I would recognise them as leeks when they grew and didn't want to be ripping them out, mistaking them for weeds!

March 20th

Planted:
=Jerusalem Artichoke
=Potato (Anya/Red Duke Of York)

February 20th

Started secondary chitting of potatoes.

First Early - Red Duke of York
Second Early - Anya

Definition of chitting here.

February 2nd

Started chitting potatoes.

First Early - Red Duke Of York.
Second Early - Anya.

What Is Chitting?

Chitting is the process of placing seed potatoes in a cool, light place to encourage strong sturdy shoots to grow before they are planted in the ground. If you want to grow very early varieties, such as Maris Bard, and to harvest them as early as possible, then chitting is essential. All potatoes will start to sprout at this time of year and if they are not offered the right cool, light conditions they may develop elongated and white shoots (or chits). You should leave all the sprouts on seed potatoes. The aim is to have a small number of sturdy shoots, not masses of elongated sprouts, which dissipate the energy of the seed potato. If you rub sprouts off, then you’ll get a smaller crop but larger potatoes. Keep seed potatoes in a cool but light situation, rose end upward. This should encourage a small number of eyes to sprout. Commercial growers never bother to chit their potatoes and it seems to make little difference to the yield. However, they are able to keep their seed potatoes dormant by providing very exact storage conditions and this is very hard for the home gardener to do. For this reason, most amateur gardeners do chit their seed potatoes but any you have bought late can go straight in the ground, unchitted, at around Easter time.

Answer taken from GardenOrganic

Thursday, 30 April 2009

November

What To Plant In November

Outdoors
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))

=Cress (American)*
=Pea (Feltham First/Meteor)

Indoors
=Cress (Fine Curled)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)


Plant Out

* Under glass only.

December

What To Plant In December

Outdoors

=Cress (American) *

Indoors
=Cress (Fine Curled)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)


Plant Out

*Under glass only.

October

What To Plant In October

Outdoors
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))

=Cress (American)
=Pea (Feltham First/Meteor)

Indoors
=Cauliflower (All The Year Round)

=Cress (Fine Curled)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)


Plant Out

Cutting Garden
=Alstroemeria (Ligtu Hybrids)*
=
Canterbury Bells
(Cup & Saucer Mixed) - to plant out
=Echinacea (Purpurea) - plant out


* Under glass only.

September

What To Plant In September

Outdoors
=Cress (American)*
=Onion (White Lisbon)
=Radish (Cherry Belle/Long White Icicle/Sparkler 3/Zlata)

=Rocket
=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again
=Salad Onion (Ramrod)
=Spinach (Bordeaux)

Indoors
=Cauliflower (All The Year Round)

=Cress (Fine Curled)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)


Plant Out


Cutting Garden
=Alstroemeria (Ligtu Hybrids)*
=
Canterbury Bells
(Cup & Saucer Mixed) - plant out.
=Echinacea (Purpurea) - plant out


* Under glass only.



August

What To Plant In August

Outdoors
=Calabrese (Romanesco)
=
Caraway

=Chicory (Sugar Loaf)
=Chopsuey Greens/Garland Chrysanthemum

=Cress (American/Fine Curled)
=Kale (Black Tuscany)
=Lettuce (Batavia-Red Grenobloise/Lobjoits Green Cos/Salad Bowl Red & Green)
=Lovage

=Onion (White Lisbon)
=
Pak Choi
(Red Choi F1)
=Raab Cima di Rapa
=Radicchio
(Palla Rossa Bella)

=Radish (Cherry Belle/French Breakfast/Hilds Blauer Herbst und Winter/Long White Icicle/Sparkler 3/Zlata)
=Rocket

=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again
=Spinach (Bordeaux)
=Swiss Chard (Lucullus)
=Turnip (Golden Ball)

Indoors
=Cress (Fine Curled)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)


Plant Out

July

What To Plant In July

Outdoors
=Beetroot (Boltardy/Chioggia Pink/Perfect 2)
=Calabrese (Romanesco)
=Carrot (Autumn King/Early Nantes 5/Green-Collared White Carrot/Purple Haze F1 Hybrid/Yellowstone)

=Chicory (Sugar Loaf)
=Chopsuey Greens/Garland Chrysanthemum
=Cress (American/Fine Curled)
=Dwarf Bean (Black & White-Yin Yang/Cheyenne/Tendergreen)
=Fennel (di Firenze)
=Kale (Black Tuscany)

=Kohl Rabi (Green Delicacy/Purple Delicacy)
=Leek (King Richard)
=Lettuce (Batavia-Red Grenobloise/Lobjoits Green Cos/Romaine Ballone/Salad Bowl Red & Green/Saladin/Webbs Wonderful/Wonder of 4 Seasons)
=Lovage
=
Onion
((Japanese Bunching) Ishikura)

=Pak Choi (Red Choi F1)
=Pea (Ambassador/Kelvedon Wonder)
=Raab Cima di Rapa
=Radicchio (Palla Rossa Bella)

=Radish (Cherry Belle/French Breakfast/Hilds Blauer Herbst und Winter/Long White Icicle/Sparkler 3/Zlata)
=Rocket

=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again
=Salad Onion (Ramrod)

=Spinach (Bordeaux/Castor F1/F1 Tetona)
=Swede (Champion with Red Collar)
=Swiss Chard (Bright Lights/Lucullus)
=Turnip (Golden Ball)

Indoors
=Cress (Fine Curled)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)

Plant Out

June

What To Plant In June

Outdoors
=Beetroot (Boltardy/Chioggia Pink/Perfect 2/White/Yellow)
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))
=Broccoli (Extra Early Sprouting Rudolph/F1 Red Arrow)
=Calabrese (Chevalier F1/Romanesco)
=Carrot (Autumn King/Early Nantes 2/Early Nantes 5/Green-Collared White Carrot/Parmex/Purple Haze F1 Hybrid/Yellowstone) =Celeriac (Rave Niva)
=Chicory (Sugar Loaf)
=Chopsuey Greens/Garland Chrysanthemum
=Climbing French Bean (Barlotta Lingua Di Fuoco/Blue Lake)
=Courgette (Black Beauty/Defender)
=Cress (American/Fine Curled)

=Dill
=Dwarf Bean (Black & White-Yin Yang/Cheyenne/Tendergreen)
=Fennel (di Firenze)
=Kale (Black Tuscany)

=Kohl Rabi (Blusta/Green Delicacy/Purple Delicacy)
=Leek (King Richard)
=Lettuce (Batavia-Red Grenobloise/Lobjoits Green Cos/Romaine Ballon/Salad Bowl Red & Green/Saladin/Webbs Wonderful/Wonder of 4 Seasons)
=Lovage
=
Onion
((Japanese Bunching) Ishikura)
=Pak Choi (Red Choi F1)

=Pea (Ambassador/Kelvedon Wonder/Sugar Bon)
=Raab Cima di Rapa
=Radicchio (Palla Rossa Bella)

=Radish (Cherry Belle/French Breakfast/Hilds Blauer Herbst und Winter/Long White Icicle/Sparkler 3/Zlata)
=Rocket

=Runner Bean (Best of All/Lady Di/Polestar)
=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again
=Salad Onion
(Ramrod)

=Spinach (Bordeaux/Castor F1/F1 Tetona)
=Squash (Yellow Scallop)
=Swede (Champion with Red Collar/Ruby)
=Swiss Chard (Bright Lights/Lucullus)
=Turnip (Golden Ball/Veitch's Red Globe)


Indoors/Cold Frame/Greenhouse
=Cress (Fine Curled)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)


Plant Out
=Artichoke (Globe)
=Courgette (All Green Bush)

=Squash (Uchiki Kuri)
=Tomato (Cerise)
=Yard Long Climbing French Bean


Cutting Garden
=Canterbury Bells (Cup & Saucer Mixed)*
=Cornflower (Tall Tutu)
=Gaillardia (Goblin)

*Plant under glass

May

What To Plant In May

Outdoors
=Basil (Lemon/Sweet Genovese)
=Beetroot (Boltardy/Chioggia Pink/Perfect 2/White/Yellow)

=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))

=Broccoli (Early Purple Sprouting/Extra Early Sprouting Rudolph/F1 Red Arrow/White Sprouting Early)
=Calabrese (Chevalier F1)

=Caraway

=Carrot (Autumn King/Early Nantes 2/Early Nantes 5/Parmex/Purple Haze F1 Hybrid/Yellowstone)
=Cauliflower (All The Year Round/Verde Marchiagiano)
=Celeriac (Rave Niva)
=Celery (Green Sleeves)

=Celtuce/Stem Lettuce

=Chopsuey Greens/Garland Chrysanthemum
=
Climbing French Bean
(Barlotta Lingua Di Fuoco/Blue Lake)
=Coriander
=Courgette (All Green Bush/Black Beauty)
=Cress (American)
=Cucumber (Long White)

=Dill

=Dwarf Bean (Cheyenne/Tendergreen)
=Fennel (di Firenze)
=Kale (Black Tuscany)
=Kohl Rabi (Blusta/Green Delicacy/Purple Delicacy)
=Leek (King Richard)

=Lettuce (Batavia-Red Grenobloise/Lobjoits Green Cos/Romaine Ballon/Salad Bowl Red & Green/Saladin/Webbs Wonderful/Wonder of 4 Seasons)
=Lovage

=Onion ((Japanese Bunching) Ishikura/White Lisbon)
=Oregano
=Pak Choi (Red Choi F1)
=Parsnip (Gladiator)

=Pea (Ambassador/Early Onward/Hurst Greenshaft/Kelvedon Wonder/Serpette Guilloteau/Sugar Bon)
=Raab Cima di Rapa
=Radicchio (Palla Rossa Bella)

=Radish (Cherry Belle/French Breakfast/Hilds Blauer Herbst und Winter/Long White Icicle/Sparkler 3/Zlata
)
=Rocket
=Runner Bean
(Best of All/Lady Di/Polestar)

=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again

=Salad Onion (Ramrod)
=Salsify
=Scorzonera (Geante Noire de Russie)
=Sorrel (Blood Veined)

=Spinach (Bordeaux/Castor F1/F1 Tetona)
=Squash (Sunburst F1/Uchiki Kuri/Yellow Scallop)
=Swede (Ruby)

=Sweetcorn (Ovation F1 Hybrid/Sweet Nugget)

=Swiss Chard (Bright Lights/Lucullus)
=Turnip (Golden Ball)

Indoors/Cold Frame/Greenhouse
=Cardoon
=
Courgette
(All Green Bush/Defender)
=Cress (Fine Curled)
=Cucumber (Burpless Tasty Green F1)
=Melon
(Collective Farm Woman)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)
=Squash (Sunburst F1)
=Tomato (Gardener's Delight/Rio Grande)
=Yard Long Climbing French Bean

Plant Out
=Alpine Strawberry (Mignonette)
=Basil (Lemon/Sweet Genovese)
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))
=Climbing French Bean (Barlotta Lingua Di Fuoco/Blue Lake)
=Courgette (All Green Bush)
=Oregano
=Squash (Sunburst F1)
=Strawberry Sticks/Chenopodium Foliosum

=Tomato (Cerise/Gardener's Delight)

Cutting Garden
=Aster (Duchess Mixed)
=Begonia (Sunshine Carpet) - plant out.
=
Canterbury Bells
(Cup & Saucer Mixed)*
=Cornflower (Tall Tutu)
=Didiscus (Madonna Mixed) - plant out
=Echinacea (Purpurea)*
=Emilia (Irish Poet)
=Gaillardia (Goblin)

=Poppy (Mother of Pearl)

=Rudbeckia (Rustic Dwarfs Mixed)*
=Sweet Pea

*Plant under glass

April

What To Plant In April

Outdoors

=Artichoke (Globe)
=Asparagus (Connover's Colossal)
=Asparagus Pea
=Beetroot (Boltardy/Chioggia Pink/Perfect 2/White/Yellow)
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))
=Broccoli (Early Purple Sprouting/Extra Early Sprouting Rudolph/F1 Red Arrow/White Sprouting Early)
=Brussels Sprout (Trafalgar F1)
=Carrot (Autumn King/Early Nantes 2/Early Nantes 5/Parmex/Purple Haze F1 Hybrid/Yellowstone)
=Cauliflower (All The Year Round/Verde Marchiagiano)
=Celeriac (Niva)
=Celery (Green Sleeves)
=Celtuce/Stem Lettuce

=Coriander
=Courgette (All Green Bush)
=Cress (American)
=Cucumber (Long White)
=Dill
=Dwarf Bean (Cheyenne/Tendergreen)
=Kale (Black Tuscany)
=Kohl Rabi (Blusta/Green Delicacy/Purple Delicacy)
=Leek (Bleu de Solaise/King Richard)
=Lettuce (Batavia-Red Grenobloise/Lobjoits Green Cos/Romaine Ballon/Salad Bowl Red & Green/Saladin/Webbs Wonderful/Wonder of 4 Seasons)
=Lovage
=Onion ((Japanese Bunching) Ishikura/Purplette/White Lisbon)
=Oregano

=Parsnip (Gladiator/White Gem)
=Pea (Ambassador/Early Onward/Hurst Greenshaft/Kelvedon Wonder/Serpette Guilloteau/Sugar Bon)
=Raab Cima di Rapa
=Radish (Cherry Belle/French Breakfast/Long White Icicle/Sparkler 3/Zlata)
=Rocket
=Runner Bean
(Best of All)

=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again
=Salad Onion (Ramrod)
=Salsify
=Scorzonera (Geante Noire de Russie)

=Sorrel (Blood Veined)
=Spinach (Bordeaux/Castor F1/F1 Tetona)
=Squash (Yellow Scallop)
=Sweetcorn (Ovation F1 Hybrid)*
=Swiss Chard (Bright Lights/Lucullus)
=Tomatillo Green
=Tomato (Ildi)
=Turnip (Golden Ball)

Indoors/Cold Frame/Greenhouse
=Aubergine (De Barbentane/Moneymaker)
=Basil (Lemon/Sweet Genovese)
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))
=Chopsuey Greens/Garland Chrysanthemum
=
Climbing French Bean (Barlotta Lingua Di Fuoco/Blue Lake)

=Courgette (All Green Bush/Defender)
=Cress (Fine Curled)

=Cucumber (Burpless Tasty Green F1)
=Melon (Collective Farm Woman)

=Oregano
=Pepper (Californian Wonder/Sweet Chocolate)

=Runner Bean (Lady Di/Polestar)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)
=Squash (Sunburst F1/Uchiki Kuri)
=Strawberry Sticks/Chenopodium Foliosum
=Sweetcorn (F1 Sweet Nugget)
=Tomato (Cerise/Gardener's Delight/Moneymaker/Rio Grande/Striped Stuffer/Sub-Arctic Plenty)

Plant Out
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))
=Cauliflower (All The Year Round)
=Lettuce (Lobjoits Green Cos)
=Onion (Purplette)

Cutting Garden
=Alstroemeria (Ligtu Hybrids) - plant out
=Aster (Duchess Mixed)

=Brachycome (Iberidifolia Mixed)
=Canterbury Bells (Cup & Saucer Mixed)*
=Cornflower (Tall Tutu)

=Didiscus (Madonna Mixed)*
=Emilia (Irish Poet)

=Gomphrena (QIS Mixed)*
=Liatris (Floristan White)
=Poppy (Mother of Pearl)

=Rudbeckia (Rustic Dwarfs Mixed)*
=Sweet Pea
=Verbena (Bonariensis)*

* Under glass for transplanting.

March

What To Plant In March

Outdoors
=Artichoke (Globe)*
=Asparagus Pea
=Beetroot (Boltardy/Chioggia Pink/Perfect 2/White Beetroot/Yellow Beetroot)
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))
=Broccoli (Early Purple Sprouting/Summer Purple)
=Carrot (Autumn King/Early Nantes 2/Early Nantes 5/Parmex/Yellowstone)
=Celeriac (Niva)
=Cress (American) **
=Cucumber (Long White)**
=Dill
=Dwarf Bean (Tendergreen)***
=Kohl Rabi (Blusta/Green Delicacy/Purple Delicacy)
=Leek (King Richard)
=Lettuce (Batavia-Red Greobloise/Romaine Ballon/Salad Bowl Red & Green/Saladin/Webbs Wonderful/Wonder of 4 Seasons)
=Lovage
=Onion ((Japanese Bunching) Ishikura/White Lisbon)

=Parsnip (Gladiator/White Gem)
=Pea (Ambassador/Early Onward/Feltham First/Serpette Gilloteau/Sugar Bon/Kelvedon Wonder/Meteor)
=Raab Cima di Rapa
=Radish (Cherry Belle/French Breakfast/Long White Icicle/Sparkler 3/Zlata)
=Rocket
=Salad Leaves/Cut & Come Again

=Salad Onion (Ramrod)
=Scorzonera (Geante Noire de Russie)

=Sorrel (Blood Veined)
=Spinach (Bordeaux/Castor F1/F1 Tetona)
=Swiss Chard (Lucullus)
=Tomatillo Green
=Tomato (Ildi)
=Turnip (Veitch's Red Globe)

Indoors/Cold Frame/Greenhouse

=Alpine Strawberry (Mignonette)
=Artichoke (Globe/Purple Globe Romanesco)*
=Aubergine (De Barbentane/Moneymaker)
=Basil (Lemon/Sweet Genovese)
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))
=Brussels Sprout (Trafalgar F1)
=Cauliflower (All The Year Round)
=Celery (Green Sleeves)
=Chopsuey Greens/Garland Chrysanthemum
=Courgette (All Green Bush)
=Cress (Fine Curled)

=Cucumber (Burpless Tasty Green F1)
=Kale (Black Tuscany)

=Leek (Bleu de Solaise)
=Lettuce (Lobjoits Green Cos)
=Onion (Purplette)
=Oregano
=Pepper (Californian Wonder/Sweet Chocolate)
=Salsify
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)
=Squash (Sunburst F1)

=Strawberry Sticks/Chenopodium Foliosum
=Sweetcorn
=Tomato (Cerise/Gardeners Delight/Ildi/Moneymaker/Rio Grande/Roma/Striped Stuffer/Sub-Arctic Plenty)

Plant Out


Cutting Garden
=Alstroemeria (Ligtu Hybrids) - plant out

=Brachycome (Iberidifolia Mixed)**
=Cornflower (Tall Tutu)

=Didiscus (Madonna Mixed)**
=Gomphrena (QIS White)*
=Liatris (Floristan White)*
=Poppy (Mother of Pearl)
=Rudbeckia (Rustic Dwarfs Mixed)*
=Sweet Pea
=Verbena (Bonariensis)*

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* I chose to sew mine into cardboard tubes inside, rather than risk the temperature dipping too low, but I guess this really depends on where you are.

** Under glass only.

*** Only late March under cloches.

February

What To Plant In February

Outdoors
=Broad Bean (Aquadulce Claudia/The Sutton (Dwarf))
=Carrot (Early Nantes 2/Early Nantes 5)
=Celeriac (Niva)
=Cress (American)*

=Cucumber (Long White)*
=Lettuce (Wonder of 4 seasons)
=Parsnip (Gladiator/White Gem)
=Pea (Feltham First/Serpette Guilloteau)

=Spinach (Castor F1)
=Tomatillo Green

Indoors/Cold Frame/Greenhouse
=Alpine Strawberry (Mignonette)
=Artichoke (Globe/Purple Globe Romanesco)
=Aubergine (De Barbentane)
=Broad Bean (The Sutton (Dwarf))
=Broccoli (Summer Purple)

=Brussels Sprout (Trafalgar F1)
=Cauliflower (All The Year Round)
=Cress (Fine Curled)
=Cucumber (Burpless Tasty Green F1)
=Onion (Purplette)
=Oregano

=Pepper (Sweet Chocolate)
=Sprouting Seeds (Alfalfa/Mung Beans)
=Strawberry Sticks/Chenopodium Foliosum
=Tomato (Gardeners Delight/Ildi/Moneymaker/Rio Grande/Roma/Striped Stuffer)

Plant Out

Cutting Garden
=Begonia (Sunshine Carpet)*

=Gomphrena (QIS Mixed)*
=Sweet Pea
=Verbena (Bonariensis)*

* Under glass only.