What to sow and grow in May?

Updated: May 15, 2019

I love this time of the year. The weather is warmer and the days are getting longer. Summer is definitely on its way. Yay... :)


There's plenty to sow and grow this month. Here are my top picks (flavorite) to grow in my garden this year.


In the greenhouse / indoors


Start off basil in pots for the greenhouse or patio - make sure keep them in warm conditions. • Sow courgette, squash, and pumpkin seeds under cover now. • Try sowing lettuce trays under glass for transplanting into the garden later. Sow every 3 or 4 weeks for continuous harvesting. • Sow runner beans under cover, sowing individually into module trays for planting out after the risk of frost has passed. • Start kale seeds under cover now - yes, it really is time to think ahead to winter cropping! • Sow perennial herbs, such as rosemary, sage, thyme and lemon balm under cover.

Direct sow outdoors

Sow beetroot seeds directly into the ground. • Sow broccoli directly in your vegetable. • Direct sow cabbages, Net them early on to prevent cabbage-white butterflies laying their eggs on the leaves.

Direct sow carrots in rows and protect with fleece or mesh to prevent carrot-fly attack. • Sow chicory directly into the soil now. • Sow herbs such as chives, coriander, dill and parsley directly into the ground or in containers. • Try growing hardy Lamb's Lettuce (corn salad) outdoors, for summer and winter salads. • Sow peas directly into the ground, or start them off in modules if mice are a problem. • Try direct sowing nutritious pak choi every 3 weeks for a continuous crop. • Direct sow your parsnip seeds now. Sow 3 or 4 seeds every 20 cm and thin to the strongest plant. • Sow radish seeds directly into the soil for quick and easy home-grown salad. • Sow salad leaves directly into the ground or in containers. • Sow spinach seeds in soil enriched with plenty of organic matter. • Sow spring onion seeds in drills outdoors for a quick crop to flavour salads and stir fries. • Try Swiss chard sown outdoors for a colourful crop - it even looks great in flower beds!


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