Gardening for Beginners: Month by Month Plan

It’s always hard at the start of gardening for beginners, as you have no idea what to do when. Here’s a month by month plan with ideas for 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!

Spring Sowing

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

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

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

Summer Sowing

June: Plant leeks, courgettes and celery.

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

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

Autumn Sowing

September: 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.

October: Plant pansies to flower in winder and summer biennials.

November: Sow broad bean seeds.

Winter Sowing

December: Plant shallots

January/February: 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.

You might also enjoy Tips and Hints for Growing Vegetables and Making Gardening Fun for Kids.

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This website was created by Jill Holtz and Michelle Davitt, both of whom are mothers of young children. Jill and Michelle decided to create this resource themselves, and launched in 2007.