RAISED BED AND CONTAINER WEEKLY DIARY
WEEK 4 IN MAY
Article by David Marks.
"Touch wood" all danger of frost has now passed for the vast majority of the UK so your first indoor sowing of French Beans can now be transplanted outside.
Continue to feed your potatoes with tomato feed every other week. Radishes are quick growing salad vegetables and should be a very reasonable size by now for harvesting.
PLANT OUT FIRST SOWING OF FRENCH BEANS
In most areas of the UK all danger of frost has now passed so it's time to plant your French Beans out in your raised bed. Hollow out a hole in the raised bed about the size of the pot, turn the pot over and empty the French Bean plant and compost into your hand. Place it in the hole and fill around with soil from the raised bed. Water well. Spacing between plants should be about 15cm / 6in. Click here to read our full article on everything to do with growing French Beans in raised beds.
PLANT OUT TOMATOES
Now is the time to plant out tomatoes in most parts of the UK. Read our detailed description of the best way to plant tomatoes in containers for the very best results. The next step in our weekly diary for tomatoes is in August week 1.
HARVEST SUMMER RADISH
As you harvest your summer radishes it's perfectly OK to sow more radish seeds in the vacant spaces. Radish don't appreciate really hot weather conditions so they may not be quite as tasty as those sown a week or so previously but if weather is cool they will be perfect. Click here for our main article on growing radish.
THIRD SOWING OF BEETROOT
Sow more beetroot seeds this week to ensure your plants crop over a long period of time. See here for details on how to sow beetroot.
We recommend this as the final sowing date for beetroot but in reality a lot depends on which variety you are sowing, the climate in your area and the position of your raised bed. You may want to try sowing more beetroot seed in a week or twos time, try and see what results you achieve.
FINAL SOWING OF SPRING ONIONS
SOW MORE LETTUCE SEEDS
See our main article on lettuce for detailed instructions and a video showing how to sow lettuce in raised beds and containers.
THIN LETTUCE SEEDLINGS
Thin lettuce seedlings to about 10cm / 4in apart initially. Later in the year when they start to touch each other harvest the small ones and eat them, these are the most delicious of all lettuces. See our full article on the care of lettuces here.
WEEKLY FEEDING OF RAISED BEDS
FEED POTATOES IN CONTAINERS
We recommend feeding potatoes in containers every other week with a liquid tomato feed. Click here for more details in our main article.
WEED RAISED BEDS REGULARLY
WATER RAISED BEDS WHEN NEEDED
PREVIOUS AND FUTURE WEEKS DIARIES
January Weeks 1-4
February Weeks 1-4
November Weeks 1-4
December Weeks 1-4