There's Still Time to Sow - Our Top Crops for June
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When to Sow/Plant: February - November
Gardening Angels’ Favourite Varieties: F1 Maestro, Nantes Early, Autumn King 2, Purple Sun
How to Grow: Sow 15-20 carrot seeds per 1 metre row. After 3-4 weeks of sowing, thin plants to 10-15 per row, then start your second row.
5-6 weeks after sowing your second row, thin plants to 10-15 per row.
Carrots thrive in hot conditions. Water every 7-14 days as appropriate
When to Harvest: Earlies – 12 weeks after sowing. Maincrop – 16 weeks after sowing
Gardening Angels’ Top Tips: Prevent Carrot Fly infecting your carrots roots with an Insect Proof Mesh Netting. It's ultra fine holes will stop Carrot Fly in their tracks, whilst still giving your plants access to light, moisture & oxygen.
When to Sow/Plant: April-August
Gardening Angels’ Favourite Varieties: Rhubarb Chard, Lucullus, Rainbow Chard
How to Grow: Sow 15-20 seeds per 1 metre row around 2.5cm deep.
Chard seeds will typically produce up to 5 smaller plants, so thin out weaker plants after 2-3 weeks.
When to Harvest: May-October (When leaves reach 15-20cm)
Gardening Angels’ Top Tips: Birds like nothing more than pinching your chard seeds from the ground, so make sure you keep them protected by covering the soil with Horticultural Fleece.
When to Sow/Plant: March-July
Gardening Angels’ Favourite Varieties: Boltada, Monetta, Chioggia
How to Grow: Sow 15-20 seeds per 1 metre row.
After 2-3 weeks, when seedlings start showing, thin to 10-12 plants per row.
Water your beetroot every 7-14 days during dry periods.
When to Harvest: June-October
Gardening Angels’ Top Tips: Make the most of your versatile beetroot. In addition to the beetroot itself, you can eat the leaves as part of a fresh salad. Some people even use them for food colouring and medicinal purposes!
Crop: Dwarf French Bean
When to Sow/Plant: April-July
Gardening Angels’ Favourite Varieties: Safari, Delinel, Concador
How to Grow: Begin by sowing 15-20 seeds per 1 metre row.
After 3-4 weeks of sowing, thin plants to 8-10 per row, then repeat the process for your second row.
These grow best with good access to sunlight.
When to Harvest: June-November (When measuring around 1 inch in diameter)
Gardening Angels’ Top Tips: Baby vegetables pack an intensified flavour due to their small size. By eating them on the day they are picked, you can enjoy the optimum flavour!
General Growing Tips:
If you are growing root vegetables from seed, make sure you follow these 4 simple steps:
- - Use a dibber to create rows before sowing your seeds.
- - Gently cover seeds with a fine layer of compost using a compost sieve.
- - Firm and level compost with a tamper. This will ensure even germination and remove air pockets.
- - Evenly water compost using a watering can with a rose until the compost is moist but not saturated.
- - Make a hole in the compost large enough for your plant.
- - Place your plant into the compost. Firm compost down gently around the plant.
- - Water compost using a watering can with a rose until the compost is moist but not saturated.
If you have any more questions about growing your own vegetables or what varieties to grow, please feel free to get in touch with our Gardening Angels on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always happy to hear from you.