When the ‘Beast from the East’ Siberian weather plunged us into deep midwinter, my February sowing plan collapsed. So the March sowing plan has been revised to take into account what didn’t get sown to plan in February. Also long range weather forecast is for a colder than usual March.
I’ve combined the first couple of weeks and will just plod through as I can. I’ve got a few other garden jobs to handle as soon as I can, not least repairing the storm damage to the shed door.
Wk 10 – 4th March / Wk 11 – 11th March Sowings
Sow in small pots under heat (25ºC), thin to strongest and pot on when ready into 3” pots
- Tomato Ailsa Craig
- Tomato Black Russian
Ideal would be to start with bottom heat – around 20ºC – in modules if propagator space allows. (see best germination temperatures)
- Cabbage Gunma
- Cabbage Romanov Red
- Cauliflower Igloo
- Cauliflower Marvel 4 Seasons
- Kale Mix
I’m trying a different method this year and starting them in individual deep modules, similar to root trainers. The ideal would be to start them at 15ºC but they’ll just have to go with what they get in the greenhouse.
- Leek Blue de Solaise
- Leek Winter Giant
Similar temperatures as leeks would be ideal for these but heated space is limited. I had decided not to sow these this year but I’d less Bedfordshire Campion seeds than I thought and looking at the onion bed, the autumn sown onions haven’t made it through the cold spell as well as I thought they would.
- Onion Long Red of Florence, sow in modules to plant out outside when ready.
Spring onions to sow in modules to plant outside.
- Spring Onion Guardsman
- Onion N Holland Blood Red – note, these can be left to grow on and bulb up.
Start in modules ideally at 18 to 24ºC for planting out in the polytunnel
- Lettuce Little Gem
- Lettuce Tom Thumb
- Lettuce Salanova
Legumes – Peas & Beans
Broad Beans Karmazyn – Soak for 2 hours in room temperature water then sow in pots in the greenhouse
Pea Meteor – Soak for 2 hours in room temperature water then sow in half-trays in greenhouse, once up plant out from trays in row.
Direct in the polytunnel
First early potatoes which I’d intended to plant a fortnight ago but even in the polytunnel temperatures were very low, dropping to minus 8ºC one night.
- Potato Arran Pilot
- Potato Home Guard
Carrots in raised beds
- Carrot Early Nantes Pelleted
- Carrot Touchon
- Spring Onion White Lisbon
- Onion Barletta (A small, fast white onion suitable for pickling after a couple of months or leaving to grow on to use as a salad or cooking onion)
- Land cress
Wk 12 18th March Sowing
Brassicas in modules in the greenhouse
- Brussels Sprouts Brigitte
- Brussels Sprouts Early Half Tall
- Cabbage Sarmash
- Calabrese Marathon
- Pak Choi
Wk 13 25th March Sowings
Tomatoes for growing outside, with additional shelter unless we have the summer we’re hoping for. Sow under heat in the propagator.
- Tomato Incas
- Tomato Red Alert
- Tomato Heartbreaker
Spinach Perpetual – Sow in modules in Greenhouse
Direct sowing in the polytunnel
- Corn Salad Vit
- Spring Onion White Lisbon
- Radish French Breakfast
Direct outdoor sowing – if weather permits.
Pea Kelvedon Wonder (pre-soaked)