What to sow and when

Posted by Simon Landwojtowicz on

When you pull something up, you should put something in, with the exception of December and January which are very lean months. Yet we are not always the best as sowing outside of Spring. This list should help you make the most of your plot and below a crop rotation chart to help get the best out of your soil.


SPRING (February - May). The classic time for sowing vegetables and other crops.

Vegetables: Asparagus, basil, chard, artichoke, cardoon, carrot, cucumber, gherkin, cutting chicory, chilli, spring onion, beans, broad beans, lettuce, aubergine, melon, peppers, peas, tomato, leaek, parsley, radish, rocket, salsify, spinach, celeriac, lambs lettuce, pumpkin, courgette, sweetcorn, squash, strawberry, coriander, fennel, beetroot, celery, chickpea, garlic, lentil, agretti, dendelin, terragon, lavender. marjoram, rue, oregano, sage, thyme, mint, chervil, rosemary, lemon balm, mushroom spawn.

Flowers: Ageratum, alyssum, aster, bel de nuit. calendula, campanula, celosia, cornflower, carnation, lobelia, morning glory, lupin, gypsophila, margherita, nasturtium, forget-me-not, portulaca, salvia, delphinium, statice, marigold, zinna, aquilegia, gazania, sunflower.

SUMMER (June - August). Often overlooked, there are a wealth of varieties to sow at this time of year including all leaves and all brassicas.

Vegetables: Basil, chard, carrot, all brassicas - cauliflower, pac choy, cabbage, savoy, red cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cima di rapa, khol rabi, cavolo nero kale, lettuce, chicory, fennel, beans, endive, escarole, parsley, rocket, turnip, salsify, baby spinach, NZ spinach, beetroot, thyme, chervil, cress, oregano, rhubarb, rosemary, agretti, mushrom spawn.

Flowers: pansy, portulaca, forget-me-not, primula, cyclamen, lavender, campanula, aster, ornamental cabbage, dwarf nasturtium, morning glory.

AUTUMN/WINTER (Septemebr - November). These are the cold loving varieties and because Franchi are based in the Alps, we have a lot of varieties used to much colder and wetter conditions.

Vegetables: Broad bean, peam alpine lettuce, artichoke, lamb's lettuce, raddich, rocket, parsley, onion, garlic, snow pea, spinach, radicchio, marjoram, rhubarb, chervil.

Flowers: Gypsophila, lupin, daisym pansy, cyclamen, delphinium.

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