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Plant rhubarb and spread strawy manure over each station after planting. Cover
established plants with boxes to encourage early growth.
Sow peas in sheltered southern districts and cover with cloches if available.
Sow broad beans for an early crop.
Plant shallots on well drained soil.
Lift Jerusalem artichokes as required.
Sow early peas and beans.
Buy potato tubers for early crops, and sprout them in a light,
frost-proof room or shed.
Under glass sow carrots in light, fertile soil in a cold frame.
Order asparagus plants
Sow seeds for main crop of Brussels sprouts, and set out hardened-off
Plant early potatoes from the middle of the month.
Sow salad onions and radishes.
Sow seeds of late summer cabbages. Continue sowing early round-seeded
peas. Sow leeks if raising your own plants. Sow summer spinach.
Under glass sow carrots under cloches, after dressing the seed.
Complete shallot planting.
Sow kohl rabi seeds.
Plant asparagus. Dress established asparagus beds with farmyard
manure. Plant Jerusalem artichokes.
Plant onion sets and sow salad crops.
Plant early potatoes.
Sow late summer cauliflowers, wrinkle seeded peas and maincrop
carrots. Cover potato foliage if frost threatens. Sow globe
Plant out late summer cabbages.
Sow winter cabbages, and purple-sprouting and spring-heading
Order tomato plants for planting outdoors in June.
Remove rhubarb flowers as soon as seen.
Under glass sow french beans and cover with cloches.
Replace soil on earthed-up globe artichokes by manure or
compost, and plant new artichokes.
Cut asparagus from beds at least two years old.
Sow kohl rabi.
Cover potatoes if frost threatens.
Prepare sites for growing marrows and pumpkins outdoors, sowing
and thinning the seeds later in the month. Prepare sites for
outdoor tomatoes. Sow french beans for growing outdoors. Set
out late summer cauliflowers. Plant out Brussels
sprouts. Make further sowings of summer spinach and salad crops.
Sow long-rooted beetroot for storing for winter use.
Sow runner beans and erect canes or poles to support them.
Gradually remove cloches from spring cabbages, carrots, lettuces
and broad beans.
Prepare sites for growing cucumbers in frames or under cloches.
Sow runner beans under glass for planting out
Continue cutting asparagus.
Order self-blanching celery plants for June planting.
Sow seakale beet, scorzonera and salsify, Sow sweet corn in
well manured soil.
Plant Brussels sprouts, winter cabbages savoys, and purple-sprouting
and spring heading broccoli.
Plant marrows if seeds were not sown earlier.
Plant outdoor tomatoes on prepared site and support with 4
ft. stakes, except for bush varieties.
Continue sowing salad crops, peas and french beans.
Water lettuces and other salad crops if prolonged dry weather
is forecast. Sow spinach beet.
Under glass sShade frames and cloches with
whitewash or shading liquid.
Remove the tips from cucumber plants when seven leaves have
formed, and give a weekly feed of liquid manure.
Plant self-blanching celery. Sow chicory.
Complete cutting asparagus and support ferns by means of canes
Complete leek planting.
Sow swedes or hardy turnips. Complete planting
late Brussels sprouts, winter cabbages, sprouting and spring
Sow spinach beet.
Pinch out side shoots from tomatoes, except on bush varieties,
which should be strawed to keep the fruits clean.
Make late sowings of round-seeded peas and globe beetroot.
Continue watering shallow-rooted crops in dry weather.
Lift and store onions.
Under glass, cut cucumbers as they swell.
Lift and dry off shallots as their tops yellow, separate
the bulb clusters, remove the loose skins, and store in bags
a dry, cool shed or room.
Sow winter radishes and thin to 6 in. apart.
Sow seeds of spring cabbages. Sow lettuces for early winter
use in the north. Sow lettuces for over-wintering without
cloche protection, and Brussels sprouts seed for an early
crop next year.
Start picking sweet corn cobs.
Start using self-blanching celery.
In the south, sow lettuces for over-wintering with cloche
protection. In the north, plant spring cabbages.
Lift maincrop carrots and store sound ones in layers in deep
Under glass, protect lettuces and spring cabbages with cloches.
Sow carrots under cloches.
Cut off the tops of chicory, before blanching.
Plant out spring cabbages. Pick and take indoors
the last of the tomatoes.
Plant winter lettuces.
Cut remaining marrows, squashes and pumpkins, and store
in a dry, frost-proof place.
Clear away pea and bean haulm, and dig vacant ground.
Lift beetroot and store in a clamp.
Set out Brussels sprout plants in a nursery
Under glass, sow lettuces for growing under cloches. Cover
spring cabbages and early carrots with cloches.
Force rhubarb in a warm greenhouse.
Store winter radishes in a clamp.
Sow broad bean seeds for an early crop.
Under glass, complete sowings of lettuces. Force
the staging in a warm greenhouse.
Trim the outer growths of globe artichokes and draw soil
round the crowns. Detach suckers from the plants, and
grow on in
pots to increase stock.
Lift turnips and Swedes and store in clamps.
Prepare the site for next year's runner beans.
Under glass, lift rhubarb and chicory for forcing.