The Country Veg Patch

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A great way of spending time outdoors is to start a vegetable garden.
The two main benefits is producing your own home grown food and keeping fit while doing it.
You don’t have to have a big garden, any small patch of land will do. In fact you can grow a herb garden on a window sill in a flat, alternatively you could rent an allotment or garden share with a friend where you share the work and the produce.

We will keep you up to date with a step by step / month by month guide on what needs to be done in the veg patch.
There will also be monthly information in the Sharpeze diary.
The forum is also there for asking and answering questions on growing your own produce.
Sit back and watch the Sharpeze digital veg patch grow.
We will bring you all of the latest tips and advise on growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs.
It’s time to get down and dirty!

Artichoke, globe:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : Early April

Plant outside: End April

Distance between plants: 36 Inches

Soil preference: Light / loamy in sunny sheltered location

Harvest: July- August-September

Ease of cultivation: Difficult

Artichoke, Jerusalem:

Plant outside: February- March

Distance between plants: 18 Inches

Soil preference: Any type

Harvest: November-December-January

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Asparagus:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : April

Plant outside: End April

Distance between plants: 12 Inches

Soil preference: Good drainage and sunny sheltered location

Harvest: April-May following year

Ease of cultivation: Difficult

Aubergine:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : March

Plant outside: May (or in greenhouse from April)

Distance between plants: 24 Inches

Soil preference: Well drained in sunny sheltered location

Harvest: August-September

Ease of cultivation: Difficult

Beans, broad:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : March- April

Distance between plants: 8 Inches

Soil preference: Rich well drained soil

Harvest: July- August

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Beans, French:

Seed sowing time ( outdoors ) : May- June

Distance between plants: 4 Inches

Soil preference: Any soil

Harvest: July- August-September-October

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Beans, Runner:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : May- June

Distance between plants: 9 inches

Soil preference: Well drained soil

Harvest: July- August-September-October

Ease of cultivation: Medium

Beet, Leaf:

Seed sowing time ( outdoors ) :  April

Distance between plants: 4 Inches

Soil preference: Rich and well-manured

Harvest: From August

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Beetroot:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : April-May-June

Distance between plants: 4 Inches

Soil preference: Deeply dug sandy soil

Harvest: July- August-September

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Broccoli:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : April-May

Plant outside: June-July

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Firm soil rich in organic matter

Harvest: February-March-April

Ease of cultivation: Medium

Brussels Sprouts:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : March- April

Plant outside: May-June

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Firm soil rich in organic matter

Harvest: From October to February

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Cabbage, Spring:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : July-August

Plant outside: September-October

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Well consolidated soil

Harvest: April May

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Cabbage, Summer:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : April

Plant outside: May-June

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Well consolidated soil

Harvest: August-September

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Cabbage, Winter:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : April-May

Plant outside: July

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Well consolidated soil

Harvest: November-December-January

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Cabbage, Savoy:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : April-May

Plant outside: July

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Well consolidated soil

Harvest: November-December-January

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Cabbage, Red:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : April

Plant outside: May-June

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Well consolidated soil

Harvest: September-October

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Cabbage, Chinese:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : July-august

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Well consolidated soil

Harvest: October

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Capsicum ( Red & Green Peppers) :

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : February-March

Distance between plants: 18 Inches

Soil preference: Well drained soil

Harvest: August-September

Ease of cultivation: Medium

Carrots:

Seed sowing time (outside) : April-May-June

Distance between plants: 3 Inches

Soil preference: Well dug sandy soil

Harvest: July to October

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Cauliflower:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : April-May

Plant outside: June-July

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Well consolidated soil

Harvest: March to November depending on winter or summer varieties

Ease of cultivation: Medium

Celeriac:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : March

Plant outside: May-June

Distance between plants: 12 Inches

Soil preference: fertile moisture/ retentive soil

Harvest: October-November

Ease of cultivation: Difficult

Celery:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : March-April

Plant outside: May-June

Distance between plants: 9 Inches

Soil preference: well prepared soil with plenty of organic matter

Harvest: October to February

Ease of cultivation: Difficult

Chicory:

Seed sowing time ( outside ) : June-July

Distance between plants: 4 Inches

Soil preference: Any types

Harvest: October-November-December

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Courgette:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : May-June

Plant outside: June

Distance between plants: 36 Inches

Soil preference: Any soil with organic matter in a sunny location

Harvest: July to October

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Cucumber, indoors :

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : March-April

Distance between plants: 18 Inches

Soil preference: Compost

Harvest: July to September

Ease of cultivation: Medium

Cucumber outdoors:

Seed sowing time ( outside ) : May-June

Distance between plants: 18 Inches

Soil preference: Well drained sunny sheltered location

Harvest: August- September

Ease of cultivation: Difficult

Kale:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : May

Plant outside: July

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Well consolidated soil

Harvest: December to March

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Leek:

Seed sowing time ( greenhouse) : March-April

Plant outside: June-July

Distance between plants: 4 Inches

Soil preference: Any soil

Harvest: November to April

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Lettuces:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : April-May-June

Distance between plants: 12 Inches

Soil preference: Any soil with a bit of organic matter

Harvest: June to September

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Marrow:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : May-June

Plant outside: June

Distance between plants: 36 Inches

Soil preference: Any soil with organic matter in a sunny location

Harvest: July to October

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Onion & Shallot (from sets):

Plant outside: March-April

Distance between plants: 4 Inches

Soil preference: Well drained good soil

Harvest: august

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Onion (from seed) :

Seed sowing time ( outside) : March

Distance between plants: 4 Inches

Soil preference: Well drained good soil

Harvest: July to September

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Parsnip:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : March

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Deeply dug with plenty of organic matter

Harvest: November to February

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Pea:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : From April to July

Distance between plants: 3 Inches

Soil preference: Good quality soil

Harvest: From June to September

Ease of cultivation: Medium

Potato:

Plant outside: April

Distance between plants: 12 Inches

Soil preference: Any soil

Harvest: July to October

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Radish:  

Seed sowing time ( outside) : March to May

Distance between plants: 2 Inches

Soil preference: Fertile and well drained

Harvest: June to August

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Rhubarb:

Plant outside: February-March

Distance between plants: 36 Inches

Soil preference: Any soil

Harvest: April to July ( year later)

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Spinach:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : March to September

Distance between plants: 2 Inches

Soil preference: Any soil with organic matter

Harvest: All year

Ease of cultivation: Medium

Swede:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : May-June

Distance between plants: 10 Inches

Soil preference: Firm well drained soil

Harvest: November to February

Ease of cultivation: Easy

Sweet Corn:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : May-June

Distance between plants: 18 Inches

Soil preference: Well drained with organic matter

Harvest: August-September

Ease of cultivation: Medium

Tomato (inside):

Seed sowing time ( inside) : February- March

Distance between plants: 24 Inches

Soil preference: Compost

Harvest: July to October

Ease of cultivation: Medium

Tomato (outdoors):  

Seed sowing time ( outside) : May

Distance between plants: 24 Inches

Soil preference: Any soil with organic matter in a sunny location

Harvest: August- September

Ease of cultivation: Difficult

Turnip:

Seed sowing time ( outside) : March-April

Distance between plants: 6 Inches

Soil preference: Firm well drained

Harvest: November- December

Ease of cultivation: Easy