Vegetable growing calendar
Struggling to know what to plant and when? Our guide can help! We’ll take you through the whole growing process from sowing seeds all the way to digging up veggies ready to cook up for your dinner.
We’ll help you decide when to sow indoors, when to sow outdoors, when to transplant outdoors if needed, and finally the fun part…when to harvest and eat!
UK Vegetable Growing calendar
|Sow indoors/ Under cover||Sow outdoors||*Plant out||**Transplant||Harvest|
|Cabbage (Summer)||Feb-March (under cover)||March-May||May-July||July-Oct|
|Chard||March-July||All year round|
|Lettuce (Spring crop)||Sept-Oct||May-Dec|
|Lettuce (summer crop)||Feb||March-July||May-Dec|
|Lettuce (Winter crop)||Aug||March||May-Dec|
|Onion||Dec-Jan||March & Aug-Sept||April||June-Sept|
|Pea||Jan-March||April-June & Oct||June-Sept|
|Rhubarb||March-April||March-April||Oct-March (dormant crowns)||March-June|
|Spinach (Summer cultivators)||March-July||May-Oct|
|Spinach (Winter cultivators)||Aug-Sept||Oct-April|
*Planting out refers to physically planting the plant that has been grown indoors, outside in the ground. So for example, sowing cauliflower seed in a greenhouse in January to get it started and then when the weather has warmed and the seedlings have grown, you’d plant it directly outside March/April time.
**Transplanting refers to potting the plants until they’re put into their final positions, so for example if you were growing tomato plants, you’d sow the seeds in small individual pots and as the plants grow and the roots fill the pot, you’d transplant them into larger pots and into grow bags or their final positions, as they grow.
What will you be planting this year? Don’t forget, the UK weather can be unpredictable at times, so use the above vegetable planting calendar as a rough guide – if it’s too cold to plant out sprouting seeds, leave it a couple of days until the cold snap passes.