Months

Learn how to get the most out of your allotment by reading information on each plant and the tools and equipment you might need.

Monthly guide

Click on each month to find out the tasks to do in each month on the allotment. Each section will give a bullet point list breakdown of what you need to do.

It's now winter and we are looking at the jobs on the allotment for January and February. Most of this involves preparing the ground for the winter. There are a few plants that can be planted in the winter such as Garlic. Click the boxes for each month to find out more!

Plant garlic cloves.

Order Potatoes and leave in a dark place.

Prepare ground for planting, remove weeds and add fertiliser.

Winter garden with frost, including a greenhouse in the background.
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Plant fruit trees and bushes.

Plant:Hardy Broad beans

Winter garden with frost, including a greenhouse in the background.
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Plant/trim Rhubarb.

Plant:Carrots, Beetroot, Chicory, Herbs, Kale, Leeks, Parsnips, Peas, Spinach, Spring onion, Turnips, Jerusalem Artichokes, Onions, Garlic, Shallots, Asparagus and Strawberries.

A field with tulips representing spring.
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Plant fruit trees.

Prepare Strawberry beds.

Plant: Beetroot, Carrots, Sprouts, Broccoli, Leeks, Peas, Radish, Spinach, Spring Onions, Swede, Cauliflowers toward the end of the month and Pak Choi.

A field with a lamb representing spring.
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Remove all weeds.

Watch out for late frosts .

Plant:Carrots, Runner Beans, Onions, Sweetcorn, Basil, Courgettes, Marrows, Squash, Cabbage, Beetroot, Pumpkin, Salad Leaves, Spinach, Swede and Watercress.

Place straw around Strawberries.

Keep on top of weeds.

Water salad crops regularly.

Freed crops with fertiliser.

Harvest early Potatoes.

Plant: Sprouts, Cauliflowers, Leeks, Sweetcorn, Peas, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Courgettes, Cucumbers, Marrows, French and Runner Beans, Beetroot and Carrots.

Thin out the rows of Lettuce.

A field with a tree representing ssummer, sunny day.
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Keep crops watered.

Plant: Broad Beans, Dwarf Beans, Mung Beans, Beetroot, Spring Cabbage, Carrots, Next years Cauliflowers,

Chicory, Coriander, Pak Choi, Peas, Radicchio, Radish and Turnips.

Harvest:Early Beans, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Coriander, Kale, Lettuce, Spring Onions, Onions,

Peppers, Rhubarb, Rocket, Spinach, Strawberries, Swiss Chard and Tomatoes.

Thin the fruit trees. Do this by removing damaged/poor fruit and remove excessive growth.

A field with a tree representing ssummer, sunny day.
Photo by Zosia Korcz on Unsplash

Trim Tomatoes.

Plant: Spring Cabbage, Chinese Cabbage, Chicory, Winter Lettuce, Mung Beans , Autumn Onion, Radicchio and Turnips.

Trim fruit trees.

Trim Strawberries.

Feed Sweet Peas.

Plant: Broad Beans, Hardy Peas, Spring Cabbages, Japanese Onions, Turnips, Winter lettuces, Garlic, Spinach, Cress and Baby Salad.

Finish summer pruning of Apple and Pear trees.

Harvest: Apples, Onions,

Potatoes, Pears, and Plums.

Dig up Strawberry runners and pot them up.

Plant Garlic Cloves. As it's harvest time alot of your plants will be ready they are ready when they look big and juicy.

Plant Cabbages, Rhubarb, Asparagus, Winter Salad Leaves, Autumn Onion and Hardy Peas.

Prepare the beds for the following year by adding manure.

Dig over unused areas.

A number of ripe pumpkins representing october
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Plant Garlic Cloves, Mushrooms, Blueberries, Gooseberries, Currants, Raspberries and Blackberries.

Plant vegetables in the greenhouse.

Prepare the beds for the following year by adding manure.

Dig over unused areas.

Plant Garlic Cloves, Blueberries, Gooseberries, Currants, Raspberries and Blackberries. .

Prepare the beds for the following year by adding manure.

Dig over unused areas.