Sunday, 12 March 2017

What to do monthly.

We use five date zones for gardeners, your town is in zone 2 - Bournemouth, Dorset.
February
Celery - sow seeds indoors
Peas / mangetout - sow early types under cloches
start sowing parsnip seed, but it may be too cold to germinate
Start successional sowing of radishes
Sow your first peas in pots in the cold frame or under fleece direct into the ground
Cover your strawberry patch with fleece or a cloche to warm up the ground
Prune blackcurrant bushes

March
Peas / mangetout - start to sow seeds of early types outdoors
Squash / pumpkins - prepare soil
Asparagus - apply spring fertiliser
Beetroot - sow seeds under cloches
Potatoes - plant out sprouted sets
Radish - sow seed under cloches
Beetroot - sow seed in pots indoors
Squash / pumpkins - sow seed indoors
Swiss Chard - sow outdoors with cloche protection
Turnip - start to sow seed outdoors
It should be safe to plant parsnip seeds
Start successional sowing of chard, beetroot and spinach
Cover rhubarb crowns to "force" them
Cut back autumn raspberries to the ground
Sow cauliflower, summer cabbage and sprouts for summer transplanting

Jan - Mar Gooseberries - prune
Jan - Mar Red / whitecurrant - prune

APRIL
Asparagus - harvest when 15cm high
Gooseberries - mulch
Red / whitecurrant - mulch
Week 1 Leek - sow seed outside in a temporary seed bed
Week 1 Radish - sow seed outside
Week 2 Beetroot - sow seed outside
Week 2 Broccoli (sprouting) - sow early varieties in seed bed
Week 2 Calabrese (sometimes called broccoli) - sow seed
Week 2 Courgette - sow seeds indoors
Week 2 Cucumber (ridge) - sow seeds indoors
Week 2 Kale - sow in pots or seed bed
Week 2 Lettuce - begin to thin seedlings, distance by variety
Week 2 Swiss Chard - sow seed outdoors no protection
Week 3 Celery - plant out
Week 3 Spinach - plant out seed sown indoors
Week 3 Spinach - Thin out previously sown seedlings
Week 3 Leek - harden off container grown seedlings
Week 3 Parsnip - sow seed outside
Week 3 Turnip - thin seedlings 15cm earlies, 25cm maincrops
Week 4 Cucumber (ridge) - sow seed under cloches outside
Week 4 Beetroot - plant out seedlings sown in pots indoors
Week 4 Squash / pumpkins - harden off
Week 4 Potatoes - nitrogen feed fortnightly

MAY
Week 1 Leek - transplant container grown seedlings to final position
Week 1 Leek - thin seedlings from seeds sown outdoors
Week 1 Rhubarb - apply mulch
Week 1 Strawberries - mulch around plants
Week 1 Broccoli (sprouting) - sow late varieties in seed bed
Week 1 Beetroot - thin out seedlings
Week 1 Squash / pumpkins - plant out
Week 2 Courgette - Harden off indoor grown plants
Week 2 Cucumber (ridge) - Harden off indoor grown plants
Week 2 Swiss Chard - thin out seedlings
Week 2 Radish - begin to harvest
Week 3 Leek - buy seedlings and plant outside
Week 3 Parsnip - thin seedlings to 15cm / 6in apart
Week 3 Courgettes - plant out
Week 3 Peas / mangetout - Harvest early types started off under cloches
Week 4 Asparagus - stop harvesting
Week 4 Cucumber (ridge) - plant out (grown indoors / shop bought)
Week 4 Leek - transplant spring sown seedlings to final position
Week 4 Lettuce - begin to harvest
Week 4 Peas / mangetout - harvest early types sown outdoors
Week 4 Potatoes - potash feed fortnightly
Week 4 Swede - sow seed outdoors

JUNE
June Gooseberries - water
June Red / whitecurrant - water
Week 1 Turnip - begin to harvest
Week 2 Spinach - havest spring grown leaves
Week 2 Cucumber (ridge) - prune main stem
Week 3 Swede - thin seedlings in stages to 25cm apart
Week 4 Swiss Chard - begin to harvest


JULY
Week 1 Broccoli sprouting - move to final position when 10cm high
Week 1 Courgettes - begin to harvest
Week 1 Mustard - harvest seeds
Week 2 Beetroot - begin to harvest
Week 2 Cucumber (ridge) - begin to harvest
Week 2 Kale - transplant to final position
Week 2 Peas / mangetout (maincrop) - harvest
Week 2 Potatoes - plant sets for autumn harvest
Week 4 Celery - begin to harvest
Week 4 Garlic - begin to harvest


AUG
Week 2 Calabrese (sometimes called broccoli) - harvest
Week 2 Leek - begin to earth up strong growing plants
Week 2 Raspberries (summer fruiting) - prune
Week 3 on Leek - continue earthing up


SEP
Sept - Nov Gooseberries - take cuttings
Sept - Nov Red / whitecurrant - take cuttings
Week 2 Parsnips - begin to harvest
Week 3 Spinach - sow in autumn
Week 3 Swede - begin to harvest (through to early Jan)


OCT
October Asparagus - cut down when foliage yellows
Week 2 Kale - begin to harvest
Week 2 Squash / pumpkins - take indoors to cure
Week 3 on Leek - begin to harvest
Week 3 Strawberries - buy runners


NOV
Week 1 Spinach (autumn sown) - begin to harvest
Week 1 Rhubarb - plant crowns up to end of February
Week 1 Squash / pumpkins - start to use


DEC
Week 1 Garlic - autumn planting
Dec - Feb Gooseberries - buy and plant (up to end February)
Dec - Feb Raspberries - buy and plant (up to end February)
Dec - Feb Raspberries (autumn fruiting) - prune
Dec - Feb Red / whitecurrant - buy and plant

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