May — Gardener’s calendar

 
ROTATIONAL CROPS

CABBAGE FAMILY

(Cruciferae)
Sow in trays or pots: broccoli; quick-heading calabrese (to mid-month); sprouting broccoli; Brussels sprouts; summer & winter cabbage; Asturian tree cabbage; cauliflower; garden & land cress; kale; kohlrabi; rocket; Oriental greens

Sow direct: broccoli; quick-heading calabrese (to mid-month); sprouting broccoli; Brussels sprouts; summer & winter cabbage; Asturian tree cabbage; cauliflower; garden & land cress; kale; kohlrabi; rocket; Oriental greens; summer radish; swede; turnip

Harvest: sprouting broccoli; quick-heading calabrese; Asturian tree cabbage; cauliflower; garden & land cress; mustard greens; Oriental greens; summer radish; rapini; rocket; turnip greens (from mid-month)


AMARANTH/BEETROOT FAMILY

(Amaranthaceae)
Sow in trays or pots: amaranth grain & leaf; quinoa

Sow direct: beetroot; chard & leaf beet; orach; spinach

Harvest: spinach


ONION FAMILY

(Alliaceae)
Harvest: bulb onions (from mid-month)


PEA & BEAN FAMILY

(Leguminosae)
Sow in trays or pots: French & runner beans; smooth- and wrinkle-seeded peas

Sow direct: French & runner beans; smooth- and wrinkle-seeded peas

Harvest: broad beans; peas


CARROT FAMILY

(Umbelliferae)
Sow direct: carrots; root parsley

Harvest: carrots (from mid-month)


POTATO FAMILY

(Solanaceae)
Sow direct: second early and maincrop seed potatoes

Harvest: first early potatoes


MARROW FAMILY

(Cucurbitaceae)
Sow in trays or pots (under heat): courgette & summer squash; cucumber; winter squash


SUNFLOWER FAMILY

(Asteraceae)
Sow in trays or pots: chicory; lettuce

Sow direct: chicory; lettuce

Harvest: endive; lettuce


MISCELLANEOUS
Sow in trays or pots: sweetcorn

Sow direct: minutina; New Zealand spinach; sorrel; sweetcorn

Harvest: minutina; sorrel

PERMANENT CROPS
TASKS