When to plant vegetables

This site is an aggregation of various sowing and planting dates for vegetables (this page), herbs and flowers. With these indicative dates it’s easy to find out what would be the ideal time to start sowing and/or transplanting your crops. These guidelines are suitable for oceanic climates on the northern hemisphere. Hardiness zone 8 to be exact, which covers most of the U.K.

 

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Vegetable planting calendar

Legend

1. Leaf and stem crops
2. Tuber and root crops
3. Onion crops
4. Cabbages
5. Legumes
6. Bleached crops
7. Fruit crops
 
Sowing under glass
 
Outside seeding / transplanting
 
Harvest
G = Days: sowing until germination
H = Days: sowing until harvest
In = Minimum length in row

 

1. Leaf and stem crops               
►Month ▼crops+wiki JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Endive            159012
            
            
Artichoke            2018030
            
            
Cos lettuce            129010
            
            
Iceberg lettuce            127516
            
            
Cabbage lettuce            126512
            
            
Bittercress            149012
            
            
Mustard            4906
            
            
New Zealand spinach            3010016
            
            
Indian cress            148520
            
            
Purslane            3280
            
            
Rhubarb            836020
            
            
 JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Turnip tops            3353
            
            
Lettuce            106512
            
            
Chard            10708
            
            
Neep            101004
            
            
Romaine lettuce            15452
            
            
Spinach            10352
            
            
Asparagus lettuce            10608
            
            
Garden cress            3120,1
            
            
Corn salad            15752
            
            
Watercress            15508
            
            
Winter purslane            3300,2
            
            
2. Tuber and root crops               
►Month ▼crops+wiki JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Potato            2012016
            
            
Topinambour            1030016
            
            
Beetroot            15854
            
            
Celeriac            2026014
            
            
Turnip            1513514
            
            
Parsnip            1526012
            
            
Turnip            12704
            
            
Radish            10402
            
            
©When2Plant.ukJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Black radish            10906
            
            
Salsify            152004
            
            
Carrot Winter Carrots            152408
            
            
Summer Carrots            152408
            
            
Hamburg root parsley            101304
            
            
Leek Summer harvest            201706
            
            
Autumn harvest            201706
            
            
Winter harvest            201706
            
            
3. Onion crops               
►Month ▼crops+wiki JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Tree onions            12906
            
            
Scallion            161006
            
            
Garlic            201806
            
            
Shallot            101304
            
            
Welsh onion            201701
            
            
Sowing onion            152202
            
            
Cutted union 1st yr.            152202
            
            
Cutted union 2nd yr.            152202
            
            
Winterunions            152202
            
            
Pearl onion            152202
            
            
4. Cabbages               
►Month ▼crops+wiki JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Kale            1016030
            
            
Cauliflower Early harvest            1517524
            
            
Summer harvest            1517524
            
            
Autumn harvest           .1517524
            
            
Winter harvest            1517524
            
            
Broccoli Summer harvest            810020
            
            
Winter harvest            810020
            
            
Napa cabbage            159012
            
            
Romanesco            1011024
            
            
Kohlrabi            88510
            
            
Chinese cabbage            109010
            
            
©When2Plant.ukJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Red Cabbage Early harvest            1516020
            
            
Summer harvest            1516020
            
            
Autumn harvest            1516020
            
            
Cabbage Early harvest            1512020
            
            
Summer harvest            1512020
            
            
Autumn harvest            1512020
            
            
Winter harvest            1512020
            
            
Savoy cabbage Early harvest            1516024
            
            
Summer harvest            1516024
            
            
Autumn harvest            1516024
            
            
Winter harvest            1516024
            
            
Brussels sprout            1525024
            
            
5. Legumes               
►Month ▼crops+wiki JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Asparagus pea           .121202
            
            
Field Pea            10702
            
            
Pea            10702
            
            
Snow pea            10702
            
            
Runner bean            12902
            
            
Haricots verts            14704
            
            
©When2Plant.ukJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Snap beans            14704
            
            
Green bean            14704
            
            
String bean            14704
            
            
Pole beans            14704
            
            
Pole haricot            14704
            
            
Broad bean            14704
            
            
6. Bleached crops               
►Month ▼crops+wiki JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Celery            1516014
            
            
Chicory            410012
            
            
Radicchio Autumn harvest            412010
            
            
Winter harvest            412010
            
            
Chicory roots            152804
            
            
7. Fruit crops               
►Month ▼crops+wiki JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Strawberry            2017014
            
            
Eggplant            409031
            
            
Gherkin            10906
            
            
Blue huckleberry           .4573030
           .
            
Wild strawberry           .***
           .
            
Bramble           .***
           .
            
Zucchini            109539
            
            
©When2Plant.ukJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn
Red raspberry            ***
            
            
Cucumber            101006
            
            
Maize            1513016
            
            
Melon            1015012
            
            
Pumpkin            2014039
            
            
Black pepper            1518018
            
            
Sweet corn            1513016
            
            
Tomatoes            1013018
            
            
*Vegetative reproductionJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOktNovDecGHIn

 

Growing your own vegetables – Tips

Advisable crops for starters
Basil
Beans
Carrots
Garlic
Lettuce
Peas
Tomatoes

Fun crops for kids
Radishes
Parsley
Kale
Potatoes
Sunflowers
Pumpkins
Zucchini
Watermelon

Crops that can grow in partial shade
Beets
Garlic
Kale
Lettuce
Parsley
Parsnip
Radish
Peas
Rhubarb
Rucola
Spinach

Where to buy seeds online

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