Gardening for Beginners: A Month by Month Plan

Jill Holtz

October 20, 2015

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Gardening for beginners can be tricky to start with, as you have no idea what to do when. Here’s a month by month plan with ideas for what to plant each season:

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Remember seeds are much cheaper than bulbs and plants if you and your kids are prepared to wait for them to grow!

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Gardening For Beginners: A Month by Month Plan

Spring Sowing


Sow parsnips, carrots, lettuces, peas and plant flowers like lilies and stocks..


Sow early potatoes, tomatoes, mangetout peas, runner beans, courgettes, and bedding plants. Plant Fruit trees, bushes and hardy annuals.


Sow cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, pumpkin, squash and beetroot. This is a good time to plant herbs, window boxes and hanging baskets.

Summer Sowing


Plant leeks, courgettes and celery.


Plant bulbs for autumn flowering plants, e.g. crocus. Plant salad leaves, they can be grown throughout the summer.


Sow seeds for plants flowering in spring e.g. snowdrops and to flower next summer including cornflowers and poppies.

Autumn Sowing


Plant spring cabbages and any new trees and shrubs before winter sets in. Plant daffodils, tulips, wallflower and lily bulbs to flower in the spring.


Plant pansies to flower in winter and summer biennials.


Sow broad bean seeds.

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Winter Sowing


Plant shallots.


If you have a greenhouse now is the time to sow seeds for the coming year. If not, don’t worry you can still sow seeds in trays and keep them in a warm place until they germinate.

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Over to you now. Do you follow a planting calendar for your garden? Any tips on gardening for beginners? Share them with us in the comments below. 


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