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Growing Your Own Fruit & Vegetables This Summer – What To Plant Outside In May


As the summer approaches many homeowners may be thinking about how they can make the most out of their garden space. It is of course important to have an outside space where you can relax and enjoy getting some vitamin D, however have you ever considered growing your own fruit & vegetables ? Having a vegetable garden can be a very rewarding hobby, it can save you money and also in most cases it is better for the environment.

Here are some ideas of what you can plant outside this May to get you started on your very own vegetable patch.  

May is the very last month to plant things like cabbages, cauliflowers, sprouts and most types of broccoli in order for them to be ready later on in the year. Generally speaking you should be able to sow these crops directly outdoors in May.

Other popular vegetables to plant outdoors in May include;

  • Fennel
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Mangetouts
  • Snap Peas
  • Sweetcorn
  • Cucumber
  • Carrots
  • Beetroot
  • Swedes
  • Turnips
  • Lettuce 
  • Rocket 
  • Cress

In May, although it is starting to get warmer and on certain days can feel like summer, it is still relatively cold for many types of fruit to be sown outside with the exception of strawberries and melons. 

It is important to note that if you expect the temperatures to drop over night it may just be worth covering your vegetable patch with cloches to protect your crops from lethal late frosts. 

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