Dig For Victory; Monthly Guides & Commentary
This series of monthly guides will help you know what to do now on your plot and what should have been done and is to do.
May 01, 2021 There are lots of remedies and natural controls advocated for keeping plants safe from slugs and snails but not all of them actually work. Back in 2019 the RHS undertook a study of five popular organic home slug control methods and found them to not be effective. My Allotment Vegetable Growing Videos from the Yorkshire Dales plus a few Giant Exhibition Show Veg attempts. Videos uploaded frequently from my allotment. Plenty of growing and gardening tips.
|Warmest Area of UK – 2 weeks ahead|
|Warmer area – 1 week ahead|
|Central Area on which guides based|
|Cooler Area – 1 week behind|
|Coldest Area – 2 weeks behind (or more)|
I’m often asked ‘what should I be doing now on the plot and in the garden’ which is not as easy to answer as you might think.
The two things that control what you should be doing now in the garden are the weather and your location.
The map to the right gives some idea of how things vary across the UK. I base my advice on the Cheshire / North Staffs area which is fairly central.
South of us can be a week ahead and the warmest south-east of the country two weeks ahead.
Allotment Planner Diary Online
On the other hand the areas to the north can be a week or even two behind.
Even then it’s not so simple, you could be in a frost pocket or a particularly sheltered warm spot so adjust for your individual micro-climate.
Wherever you live, the weather is the dominant factor. Some years spring comes early and others you wonder if winter will ever end.
Never mind what I say or what the seed packet says, if it’s freezing cold then don’t start sowing!Cmake symbol file.
Download & Print a chart showing the possible sowing months and when to harvest your vegetables.
This series covers what to do on your vegetable plot, month by month. We’re also fortunate to have a monthly guide as to what to do in a polytunnel from an expert author which is listed below.
Don’t forget to download the vegetable sowing and harvesting chart. Print it out and stick it on the potting shed wall!
Monthly Vegetable & Fruit Growing Guides
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for January
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for February
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for March
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for April
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for May
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for June
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for July
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for August
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for September
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for October
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for November
Fruit & Vegetable Growing Guide for December
Polytunnel Growing Guides
Making a plan of the vegetable plot not only helps with what to sow and where to plant it, but allows you to experiment with the lay out, to maximise the potential of your particular situation and get the best from your crops.
This is all well and good, but the task of sitting down with pen and paper, and repeatedly drawing the plan out until I got it right, always seemed to me as a task that could wait till tomorrow.
I found a solution when I visited the website of Jeremy Dore. This guys site GrowVeg.com allows gardeners to use a simple interactive tool to produce detailed vegetable garden plans in a matter of minutes.
The tool is simplicity its self, no software to install on your computer, just punch in the dimensions of your veg plot, click on the vegetable image along the top of the page and drag it to your plan.