Growing conditions can vary dramatically across the country, and also even within a locality. If you are new to growing and are unsure about exactly what to do and when, try asking other vegetable growers nearby. And be guided by the weather and soil conditions.
If the soil has warmed up towards the end of February then try sowing parsnips. In more exposed and northern areas it might be best to wait until March or later. ‘Avonresister’ is an early maturing variety and has very good resistance to canker.
These are best sown early so the plants are well grown by the time blackfly appears. These beans are very hardy and will thrive in early spring conditions.
White Lisbon or Purplette can be sown directly in the soil now.
It is your last chance to plant garlic this month; choose varieties suitable for spring planting.
An easy crop to grow. Each bulb will divide to produce a clump of 5-6 shallots. ‘Longor’ is suitable for early February sowing or try ‘Red Sun’ in March.
Sowing under cover
Hardy crops that are usually grown outdoors can be sown under cloches or in the soil beds of a greenhouse or polytunnel. They will romp ahead and give welcome fresh produce at a lean time of year:
- Baby beetroot]
- Peas (mangetout and sugar snap)
Download the vegetable Growing Cards for more information on how to grow your vegetables.