What to sow in March

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As the weather warms up, more crops can be started off outside, although normally mid-March is the earliest time for all but the hardiest (broad beans, early peas, garlic and shallot sets). Many of the outside crops can also be started under cover.

Outside

  • Broad beans and early peas
  • Garlic (if not already sown) and shallot sets
  • Leeks, onions, shallots and spring onions
  • Lettuce, rocket, chard and spinach
  • Early brassicas (brussels sprouts, cabbage, calabrese, cauliflower, kale, kohl rabi, sprouting broccoli)
  • Parsnips
  • Beetroots, carrots and turnips (check varieties)
  • Radish
  • Herbs: parsley, coriander and dill
  • First early potatoes (late March)
  • Asparagus crowns

Under Cover

  • Broad beans
  • Peas (including ones for shoots)
  • Lettuce, rocket, chard and spinach
  • Onions and salad onions
  • Early brassicas (as above)
  • Herbs: parsley, coriander, basil, fennel and dill
  • Beetroots, carrots and turnips (check varieties)
  • Celery
  • Celeriac 
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb

With Warmth

  • Aubergines
  • Peppers and chilli
  • Tomatoes (by mid-March for under-cover cropping)
  • Melons (end of March)

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