Have you started seeding or planting veggies this year? We did some seeding indoors and plant outdoors. It is exciting to see the tiny heads showing up, but also to grow your own produce, knowing you can eat organic veggies that you seeded and planted.
Here in the U.K., we are in luck as the sun has been out almost every day. I’m happy with that when I am out in the garden – I hope you are too? But we do need rain to grow our produce. The UK is well known for being a rainy place, but where we live, just 45 minutes from London, we haven’t had rain for weeks – that’s not good for growers.
So, want to know what to grow this April/May?
If you are unsure where to start or what to plant this spring, I can assure you are not alone. This is why we are writing this post.
Don’t worry, we’ll point you in the right direction, concentrating mainly on veggies. What type of veggie do you like most? Not much point in planting, caring for and then harvesting something that you don’t even enjoy eating, is there?
So, are you ready to seed and plant?
What vegetables to plant in Springtime?
Knowing what to plant and when is important. It also depends on where you are and your countries climate. With March pretty much over, you will need to focus on what to plant in the next two months.
But, don’t worry, it’s easy to find which fruit and vegetables are in season in your own country. But also find out what time to plant in April and May.
Related: How to save seeds for next year
To find out which greens are in season in your country you can now access A.I technology. Whether you are based in Europe or living in the U.S. you are in luck as there are mapping tools for you to explore the best times to cultivate more sustainable produce. We’ve added two links below.
What can I do?
You can check the two maps provided below – there, you will see one interactive tool link for Europe and one for the US regions. If you live in Europe, you get to explore the six climatic regions in just three clicks.
Each climatic region displayed represents the average weather conditions in the particular area over a long period of time. As different types of fruits and vegetables grow better in different climates, you will see which are in season in your country.
You just pick your country; select spring and the current month.
Check and explore climate regions in Europe: for seasonal fruits and veggies
To check the climate in all US region: plant hadiness website
From here, it’s easy to select the seeds you need to grow your fruits and vegetables.
Your main task for the end of April going into the beginning of May is:
- to sow the seeds indoors and get hundreds of plants ready to plant.
- buy fresh soil for your raised beds, patio containers.
- to sow directly into the soil if you have an allotment space with beds.
Patio Garden or allotment this April/May?
Recently, I walked through the local garden centre to buy some seeds and stopped at the nursery, just to see if they add some rosemary ready to plant outdoors. I then noticed some tiny lavender burgeons nodding their little heads in the wind. I see bees busily buzzing around. It really feels like spring!
Anyway, bought few pots and planted outsite in our planter. It does make a difference, looks beautiful and already have some compliments from people who walked past it.
It doesn’t matter if you have a small patio, balcony, allotment or tiny garden. With some imagination, you just need to pick the seeds you bought, whether these are beans, peppers, beets, spinach or tomatoes that are easy to grow and start seeding indoors first.
All these are easy to grow.
You will be enjoying more of the outdoors if you have a greenhouse to work on seedings this April-May and plant to get some organic vegetables from your own ground.
Here are some of the other delicious veggies you could start with:
- Swiss chard
- Spring onions
Later on, you can plant some herbs, cabbage and whatever you fancy.
If you have a spare area to place a greenhouse or space to sow seeds on your small containers, is even better, as it is now the perfect time to start seeding tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, squash seeds indoors. Why start seeds indoors? because of the warm weather.
You may already have sown some tomatoes, chillies and/or pepper seeds, be aware that these seedlings will need potting on into bigger pots.
I started gardening about five years ago and always snubbed brands that advertised how to get veggies to grow twice as big.
That’s is why we use Q4 – it is a marvellous feeding product that is so different compared to most brands that I have used in the past. The difference it has made is really impressive growth, of course, do not forget to feed the plants and veggies.
It works very well in cool weather and most of the spring and summer time.
Let’s start planning seeding indoors and plant before summer arrives.
Happy seeding! And share your pics with us!