What vegetables to plant in May

It's May, let's grow some veg! but what vegetables to plant in May?

Spring is well on its way so it's time to get your seeds sown and your veggies grown! Not only are homegrown vegetables tastier but they are also higher in nutrients and vitamins than your average supermarket veg so what better reason to grow your own. Here's a list of all the vegetables to plant in May!

Cabbages, cauliflowers, sprouts, and broccoli

If you're wanting to have your sprouts ready for the end of the year then May is probably the last month for sowing, and the same goes for cauliflower and cabbages. You can sow them all indoors or out, depending on the weather. If room is an issue, you can always plant them in a temporary seedbed for now, and transplant them later in the year when space comes available. 

Chillies, peppers, and cucumbers

If you want to sow your chillies and peppers be sure to do this indoors to be safe. Even in May, they may not germinate outdoors. Cucumbers can be sown outdoors under a cloche or in a cold frame.

Courgettes, pumpkins, and other squashes

You can begin to sow these seeds indoors to ensure successful germination. After a month you can plant the seedlings outside.

French and runner beans

If the weather is cold or unpredictable continue to sow seeds indoors. If the soil outdoors has warmed up and there is no longer any frost you can sow outside. You can use cloches or plastic bottles to protect young seedlings if necessary.

Leaf vegetables

Leaf vegetables such as kale, swiss chard and spinach can now all be sown outdoors. Ensure that you cover them up on colder nights.


Maincrop peas, mangetouts and snap peas can be sown outdoors. Make sure to protect your seedlings with cloches or nets if needs be.

Root vegetables

Vegetables such as beetroot, carrots, turnips and swedes can now be safely sown outdoors. Beetroot can be very hit-and-miss with germination. To help, cover with cloches if the weather is poor and the soil is wet and cold.

Lettuces and other salad crops

You are safe to sow lettuce, rocket, land cress and other salad leaves outdoors if you haven't already started. If the weather is still cold sow them under cover.

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