Sowing & Planting Plan

Dates based on guidance from Garden Focused based on the last frost date for Sutton Surrey of the last week in April. I selected what I'm going to grow and have copied the schedule from the web site and pasted here, and then started to tweak based on experience and added lines like the fortnightly reminder for Spring Onions after the initial one in March and the Plot specific tasks that need to be completed like the preparation of the beds and the erection of the greenhouse.  

 

UNDER DEVELOPMENT for 2021

 

 

WHEN

WHAT TO DO

 

 

JAN

January

Save inner cardboard tubes from toilet rolls for runner beans etc.

January

Apple - plant trees

January

Apple - prune trees

January

Pear - plant trees

January

Pear - prune trees

Week 1

Lettuce (Winter) - Sow

Week 2

Shallot - plant sets in 8cm pots in protected position

Week 3

Buy or borrow a soil testing kit (Brussels sprouts etc.)

Week 3

Add lime if necessary to reduce soil acidity (Brussels sprouts etc)

Week 3

Lettuce (Winter) - Sow

 

 

 

 

FEB

 

 

February

Apple- plant trees

February

Apple- prune trees

February

Pear- plant trees

February

Pear- prune trees

 

Infrastructure Work – 3 x Square Foot Gardening Beds

Week 1

Parsnip – Germinate Tender & True and TZ 9045 F1

Week 1

Onions Seeds - sow under glass / indoors

Week 1

Cauliflower (early summer) - sow seed indoors

Week 2

Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties - begin harvest

Week 3

Parsnip – Tender & True – Transplant (7)

Week 3

Parsnip – TZ 9045 F1 – Transplant (7)

Week 3

Radish – Sow fortnightly

Week 3

Lettuce (Winter)Sow fortnightly

Week 3

Potatoes- chit / sprout seed potatoes

Week 3

Cauliflower (summer) - prepare ground

Week 3

Cauliflower (autumn) - prepare ground

Week 4

Broccoli (sprouting) late varieties - begin harvest

Week 4

Celery - sow seeds indoors

Week 4

Sweet pepper - sow seeds

 

 

Late Feb

Asparagus - prepare ground for crowns

 

 

 

 

MARCH

 

 

March

Apple - plant trees

March

Apple - prune trees

March

Pear - plant trees

March

Pear - prune trees

 

Infrastructure Work – Complete Erection of Greenhouse

 

Square Foot Gardening Beds – Mels Mix

 

 

Week 1

Asparagus - sow seeds inside

Week 1

Parsnip – Germinate Picador F1, Tender & True and Palace F1

Weeks 1 - 2

Carrot - sow seed of early varieties under cloches

Week 1

Squash / pumpkins - prepare soil

Week 1

Radish – Sow fortnightly

Week 1

Lettuce (Winter) – Sow fortnightly

Week 2

Brussels Sprouts - sow seed of early varieties

Week 2

Garlic - plant in late winter / spring

Week 2

Rhubarb - start to harvest

Week 2

Tomatoes - sow seed inside

Week 3

Asparagus - apply spring fertiliser

Week 3

Cauliflower (early summer) - harden off

Week 3

Spring Onions - start to sow fortnightly

Week 3

Spinach - sow seed outside

Week 3

Parsnip – Picador F1 – Transplant (7)

Week 3

Parsnip – Tender & True – Transplant (7)

Week 3

Parsnip – Palace F1 – Transplant (7)

Week 4

Radish – Sow fortnightly

Week 4

Lettuce - start sowing seed outside every two weeks

Week 4

Beetroot - sow seeds under cloches

Week 4

Brussels Sprouts - thin seedlings as they appear

Week 4

Cauliflower (early summer) - plant out

Week 4

Onions - sow seed outdoors

Week 4

Potatoes - plant out sprouted sets

Week 4

Sweet Peppers - pot up

 

 

 

 

APRIL

 

 

April on

Asparagus - harvest when 15cm high

April to May

Peach - protect blossom from frost

April to May

Peach - spring prune after blossoms fade

Week 1

Parsnip – Germinate TZ 9045 F1, Picador F1 and White Gem

Week 1

Asparagus Crowns - plant outside

Week 1

Brussels Sprouts - Sow seed of mid to late varieties

Week 1

Cabbage (summer) - sow seeds indoors

Week 1

Onion Sets - plant

Week 1

Onion Sets - protect from birds for 5 weeks

Week 1

Radish - sow seed under cloches

Week 1

Shallot - plant sets outside (18cm / 7in apart)

Week 1

Shallot - protect from birds for 5 weeks

Week 1

Turnip - start to sow seed outdoors

Week 1

Spinach - sow seed inside

Week 1

Swiss Chard - sow outdoors with cloche protection

Week 1 - 2

Carrot - remove cloches from early sown varieties

Week 1 - 2

Carrot - sow early seed varieties in open

Week 1 - 2

Strawberries - buy and plant potted plants

Week 2

Beetroot - sow seed in pots indoors

Week 2

Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties - sow under cover

Week 2

Salsify - sow seeds

Week 2

Tomatoes - pot-up young plants

Week 2

Squash / pumpkins - sow seed indoors

Week 2

Radish – Sow fortnightly

Week 2

Spring Onions – Sow fortnightly

Week 2

Lettuce (Winter) – Sow fortnightly

Week 3

Parsnip – TZ 9045 F1 – Transplant (7)

Week 3

Parsnip – Picador F1 – Transplant (7)

Week 3

Parsnip – White Gem – Transplant (7)

Week 3

Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties - sow seed bed

Week 3

Cabbage (summer) - sow outdoors

Week 3

Calabrese (sometimes called broccoli) - sow seed

Week 3

Cauliflower (summer) - weekly feed

Week 3

Courgette - sow seeds indoors

Week 3

Cucumber (ridge) - sow seeds indoors

Week 3

Lettuce - begin to thin seedlings, distance by variety

Week 3

Onion seeds - harden off seedlings

Week 3

Radish - sow seed outside

Week 3

Sweetcorn - sow seed indoors / greenhouse

Week 3

Swiss Chard - sow seed outdoors no protection

Week 4

Beetroot - sow seed outside

Week 4

Broccoli (sprouting) late varieties - sow under cover

Week 4

French Beans - sow seeds under cloches

Week 4

French Beans - sow seeds in pots indoors

Week 4

Parsnip - sow seed outside

Week 4

Spinach - plant out seed sown indoors

Week 4

Spinach - thin out previously sown seedlings

Week 4

Sweetcorn - sow seed under cloches

Week 4

Turnip - thin seedlings 15cm earlies, 25cm maincrops

 

LAST FROST DATE

 

 

MAY

 

 

Week 1

Parsnip – Germinate Student & Gladiator F1

Week 1

Broccoli (sprouting) late varieties - sow seed bed

Week 1

Cabbage (summer) - plant out indoor sown plants

Week 1

Celery - plant out

Week 1

Cucumber (ridge) - sow seed under cloches outside

Week 1

Kale (curly) - sow in pots or seed bed

Week 1

Runner Beans - sow seed in pots indoors

Week 1

Runner Beans - sow seed under cloches

Week 1

Tomatoes - begin to harden off

Week 1

Carrot - sow maincrop seed

Week 1

Radish – Sow fortnightly

Week 1

Spring Onions – Sow fortnightly

Week 1

Lettuce – Sow fortnightly

Week 2

Beetroot - plant out seedlings sown in pots indoors

Week 2

French Beans - sow seed outside

Week 2

French Beans - harden off seedlings

Week 2

Onion - plant out seedlings

Week 2

Potatoes - nitrogen feed fortnightly

Week 2

Rhubarb - apply mulch

Week 2

Squash / pumpkins - harden off

Week 2

Strawberries - mulch around plants

Week 3

Beetroot - thin out seedlings

Week 3

Brussels Sprouts - transplant

Week 3

Cabbage (spring) - harvest

Week 3

Cauliflower (autumn) - sow seed in pots

Week 3

Courgette - Harden off indoor grown plants

Week 3

Cucumber (ridge) - Harden off indoor grown plants

Week 3

French Beans - plant out seedlings sown in pots indoors

Week 3

Runner Beans - harden off seedlings

Week 3

Swede - sow seed outdoors

Week 3

Sweetcorn - plant out seedlings sown in pots indoors

Week 3

Swiss Chard - thin out seedlings

Week 3

Parsnip – Student – Transplant (7)

Week 3

Parsnip – Gladiator – Transplant (7)

Week 4

Radish – Sow fortnightly

Week 4

Spring Onions – Sow fortnightly

Week 4

Lettuce – Sow fortnightly

Week 4

Onions Onwards - water in dry conditions

Week 4

Courgettes - plant out

Week 4

Parsnip - thin seedlings to 15cm / 6in apart

Week 4

Radish - begin to harvest

Week 4

Runner Beans - sow seed outside

Week 4

Runner Beans - plant out seedlings sown in pots indoors

Week 4

Shallot Onwards - water in dry conditions

Week 4

Squash / pumpkins - plant out

Week 4

Tomatoes - plant out

 

 

 

 

JUNE

 

 

Week 1

Asparagus - stop harvesting

 

 

Week 1

Cucumber (ridge) - plant out (grown indoors / shop bought)

Week 1

Carrot (early) - harvest those sown under cloches

Week 1

Lettuce - begin to harvest

Week 1

Sweet Peppers - harden off

Week 2

Cauliflower (summer) - begin to harvest

Week 2

Kale (curly) - transplant to final position

Week 2

Plum - prune from now to mid July

Week 2

Potatoes - potash feed fortnightly

Week 2

Swede - thin seedlings in stages to 25cm apart

Week 2

Sweet Pepper - move to final position

Week 2

Turnip - begin to harvest

Week 3

Carrot Onwards- harvest as they become ready

Week 3

Cauliflower (autumn) - plant outside

Week 3

Cucumber (ridge) - prune main stem

Week 3

Spinach - harvest spring grown leaves

Week 3

Radish – Sow fortnightly

Week 3

Spring Onions – Sow fortnightly

Week 3

Lettuce – Sow fortnightly

Week 4

Cauliflower (autumn) - begin weekly feed

 

 

 

 

JULY

Week 1

Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties from cover - plant final position

Week 1

Kale (rape) - sow in final position

Week 1

Shallot - harvest some for immediate use

Week 1

Shallot - stop watering

Week 1

Swiss Chard - begin to harvest

Week 2

Broccoli (sprouting) early varieties from seed bed - plant final position

Week 2

Broccoli (sprouting) late varieties from cover - plant final position

Week 2

Courgettes - begin to harvest

Week 2

Potatoes - plant sets for autumn harvest

Week 3

Broccoli (sprouting) late varieties from seed bed - plant final position

Week 3

Cucumber (ridge) - begin to harvest

Week 3

Onions - stop watering

Week 3

Shallot - harvest / dry out for storage

Week 4

Beetroot - begin to harvest

Week 4

Cabbage (spring) - sow (pots / temporary bed)

Week 4

French Beans (dwarf) - begin to harvest

Week 4

Sweetcorn - begin to harvest

 

 

 

 

AUG

Week 1

Garlic - begin to harvest

Week 1

Onions - begin to harvest

Week 2

Celery - begin to harvest

Week 2

French Beans- begin to harvest climbing / pole

Week 2

Runner Beans- begin to harvest

Week 3

Calabrese (sometimes called broccoli) - harvest

Week 3

Raspberries (summer fruiting) - prune

 

 

 

 

SEP

September

Peach - autumn prune after harvest

Week 1

Cabbage (summer) - begin to harvest

Week 2

Cabbage (spring) - transplant

Week 2

Parsnips - begin to harvest – Tender & True

Week 2

Spinach- sow in autumn

Mid month

Autumn Onion Sets- plant

Week 3

Swede- begin to harvest (through to early Jan)

 

 

 

 

OCT

October

Asparagus - cut down when foliage yellows

Week 2

Salsify - begin to harvest

Week 2

Strawberries - buy runners

Week 2

Parsnip - TZ 9045 F1 – Harvest

Week 2

Parsnip – Picador F1  – Harvest

Week 3

Cauliflower (autumn) - begin to harvest

Week 3

Squash / pumpkins - take indoors to cure

Week 4

Kale - begin to harvest

Week 4

Rhubarb - plant crowns up to end of February

Week 4

Spinach (autumn sown) - begin to harvest

 

 

 

 

NOV

November

Peach - plant bare-rooted trees

Week 2

Squash / pumpkins - start to use

Week 2

Parsnip – Tender & True – Harvest

Week 3

Brussels Sprouts - begin to harvest

Week 3

Garlic - autumn planting

Week 4

Plum - plant trees from now to early March

 

 

 

 

DEC

December

Apple - plant trees

December

Apple - prune trees

December

Pear - plant trees

December

Pear - prune trees

Week 4

Parsnip – TZ 9045 F1 – Harvest after Last Frost

Week 4

Parsnip – Picador – Harvest after Frost

Dec - Mar

Raspberries - buy and plant (up to end February)

Dec - Feb

Raspberries (autumn fruiting) - prune

 

 

JAN

 

Week 3

Parsnip – White Gem – Harvest

Week 3

Parsnip – Student – Harvest

 

 

FEB

 

Week 3

Parsnip – Palace F1 – Harvest

Week 3

Parsnip – Gladiator – Harvest

 

 


2 comments:

  1. Nice list Alan, I also like the comments.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Mal, it's nice to get them once in a while - Rather than having spreadsheets and word documents it's all going on here so that it's in front of me. Lots to add and modify as I look back on the last four years.

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