What to sow in February

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There’s no need to start too early, later sowings will soon catch up.

Outside

  • Broad beans and early peas
  • Garlic and shallot sets

Under cover

  • Broad beans
  • Early brassicas (brussels sprouts, cabbage, calabrese, kohl rabi, cauliflower)
  • Herbs: parsley, coriander and dill
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions and salad onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas (including for shoots)
  • Radish
  • Spinach

With warmth

  • Aubergines
  • Peppers and chilli

Related resources

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Excellent book on growing vegetables with sections on techniques, a directory of vegetables, seasonal guide to jobs, and appendices on veg for the hungry gap, successional sowing and more.

How to create a New Vegetable Garden

Charles Dowding draws on his years of experience, to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden. Any plot -- whether a building site, overgrown with weeds or unwanted lawn -- can be turned into a beautiful and productive vegetable area. Charles's no-nonsense and straightforward advice is the perfect starting point for the beginner or experienced gardener. The book takes you step-by-step through: * Planning and early stages * Clearing the ground * Mulch - what, why, how? * Minimizing digging * Sowing and planting across the seasons * Growing in polytunnels and greenhouses It is filled with labour-saving ideas and the techniques that Charles uses to garden so successfully, and is illustrated throughout with photos and tales from Charles's first year in his new vegetable garden.

Organic Gardening The Natural No-Dig Way

A very helpful book about growing fruit and vegetables organically and without digging.

RFGN Guide to Growing Beetroot

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing beetroot.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Beetroot (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing French beans, both climbing and dwarf.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Onions

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing onions.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Onions (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Radishes

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing radishes.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Radishes (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Salad Leaves

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing salad leaves, including rocket.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Salad Leaves (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Squash

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing squash.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Squash (PDF format)

Seed sowing techniques

Advice from the Royal Horticultural Society about how to sow seeds

Upcoming events

Get Growing: Seed sowing and propagation
Sat 6 Apr 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm Food4families Training Base, 330 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 8DH
  • Tips for successful seed sowing
  • Top ten easy to grow vegetables
  • Sowing seeds inside vs outside
  • Common problems
  • Other methods of propagation, e.g division, cuttings

Price: £15 per session or 4 sessions for £50.00

Light refreshments included

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RFGN Seed Swap at Beanpole Day
Sat 13 Apr 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm Caversham Court Gardens, Church Road RG4 7AG

We will have our seed swap stand at this event in Caversham Court Gardens.

You will also be able to buy very reasonably priced plants and plant supports whilst learning about bee-friendly and wildlife gardening and all kinds of wildlife. There will be vegetable and ornamental plants grown by charitable organisations, and a range of beanpoles, peasticks and plant supports to grow them up. The plant supports come from locally managed coppiced woodland and your purchase helps maintain this traditional technique.

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Spring Plant Sale
Sat 11 May 2019 10:00am - 11:30am The Trading Shed, Oakley Road

Donate your spare plants and seeds then buy something new, very good prices!

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