|Jan||Continue digging and manuring.Lift rhubarb roots for forcing. Sprout seed potatoes.
Sow long-pod broad beans and round-seeded peas outdoors in mild areas (or in boxes in cool greenhouses).
|Feb||In open ground sow white or green Windsor broad beans and parsnips, and plant shallots.Sow under cloches: round seeded peas, Brussels sprouts, stump rooted carrots, lettuce and beetroot.|
|Mar||Sow in open: broad beans, summer cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, Savoy cabbage, parsnips, spinach. Sow under cloche: beetroot, carrots, cauliflowers, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas. Plant early potatoes.|
|Apr||Sow in open: beetroot, brassicas, carrots, leeks, lettuce, onion, parsnips, peas, summer spinach, turnips, radish, plant onion sets, chives, maincrop potatoes.Sow runner beans under cloches.|
|May||Make more sowings of beetroot, carrots, lettuce, peas, radishes, summer spinach, turnips.Sow outdoors: French and runner beans, sprouting and late heading broccoli, winter cabbage, kale, Savoy cabbage.|
|Jun||Sow more French and runner beans, beetroot, carrots, hungry gap kale, lettuce, radishes, marrows, round seeded peas, also sow Swedes.Plant autumn and winter greens, leeks, tomatoes.|
|Jul||Sow: French beans, spring cabbage, winter lettuce, Swedes, turnips.Feed crops with liquid manure.
Lift shallots when golden brown. Watch out for pests and diseases, especially potato blight and flea beetle.
|Aug||Sow: cauliflower for next spring, winter lettuce, winter spinach and spinach beet.Thin late sowings as necessary. Keep picking runner beans before they get too large.
Fold over onions leaves if still green.
|Sept||Sow: spring cauliflower, winter lettuce, winter spinach and main crop onions.Place cloches over July sown French beans, earth up leeks, store shallots, onions, potatoes and other root vegetables.
Plant spring brassicas.
|Oct||Thin winter spinach and spinach beet. Continue to earth up leeks. Cloche autumn sown lettuce.Store more root vegetables if necessary and also manure marrows.
Start digging up and manuring vacant ground.
|Nov||Root vegetables can be lifted and stored as required.Sow broad beans for early crops next year, using a long pod variety. This sowing can be a gamble.
Continue with the digging. Remove yellow leaves from brassicas.
|Dec||Order seeds and seed potatoes if your catalogues have arrived.Lift rhubarb crowns for forcing in heat or cover with a large pot.
Continue digging and manuring ground if not too wet or frozen.