May Planting List
Crops to Sow:
Asparagus: Last month to sow for this crop. Opt for F1 varieties for higher yeilds.
Broad Bean: Little and often otherwise you will be sick of eating them, but this is the last month to sow. Or wait until the autumn for a late sowing and early crop in 2015.
Bean French: Can be sown in pots and grow bags, needs warmth to do well. If you are growing Runner Beans why not have a mix of Runner and Climbing French beans.
Bean Runner: Do not sow too early as plants dislike the cold, later sowings quickly catch up.
Beetroot: Small regular sowings are best otherwise you will have too many, try other types such as Golden, which are sweeter than the standard red types
Broccoli: Sow for autumn crops, do well if grown first in pots first and then planted out.
Cabbage (Winter): Can be sown this month until September.
Calabrese: Can be sown in pots or direct. Get a winter crop by sowing under glass in the autumn.
Carrot: Best sown direct as roots dislike transplanting. Prtotect from Carrot root fly insect mesh - there are some resistant types available against root fly. Keep soil well watered for even germination.
Spring Cauliflower: Hardy varieties will overwinter. Choose F1 types.
Courgettes: Start off in small pots, or on a small mound (use generous amount of manure, as courgettes and marrows are very hungry plants)
Kale: Sow now for autumn and follwing spring
Basil: Grow under glass, as Basil needs some warmth to dod well
Kohlrabi: Sow from May to August. Quick grower to give you Green or Purple stems.
Swede and Turnip: Can be sown in modules bur best sown direct.
Fennel: Plants develop a strong tap root sos best sow direct. This vegetable likes the cool moist conditions of autumn, sw also sow in July and keep well watered.
Leeks: Sow thickly under cover in a pot or deep tray, once pencil thick carefully seperate and plany out. Leeks need a long growing season, sow alternative types with different maturity dates.
Parsnip: Best sown direct. Sow in clusters 20cm apart. With Parsnips it is essential to use fresh seed and keep moist the soil. Germination is slow.
Pea: Can be sown into large pots or lengths of rain guttering. Then transplant into position. Peas crop best if kept cool and moist. Water well in dry periods.