By June, it feels like the days of seed sowing are mostly behind us for another year. But with warm air and soil temperatures, seeds can be quicker to germinate now, so there’s still time to sow some directly into the ground. Perhaps you fancy some new biennials for your seedbeds or you’ve suffered losses in the vegetable garden and want to try for a second batch of crops.
Find out more with Monty’s advice in this collection from BBC Gardeners’ World.
More seed sowing advice:
Sowing biennials outdoors
You don’t need a greenhouse or area undercover to sow seeds. Many plants, such as biennials, can be raised in outdoor seedbeds. In this Gardeners’ World clip, Monty demonstrates how to sow wallflower ‘Primrose Bedder’ and white-flowered foxgloves in a seedbed, and explains the advantages of growing seedlings in your own soil rather than potting compost.
Growing carrots from seed
Carrots can be erratic to germinate and Monty’s first sowing has produced very few seedlings, so he tries a second batch. He demonstrates the technique of broadcast sowing, choosing a carrot variety called ‘Nigel’, which should be ready to harvest from the end of summer onwards.
Starting a late crop of peas
Monty’s peas have been devoured by rabbits, so he sows another batch a month later than normal to see if he can still get a good harvest. He chooses the late pea ‘Eddy’ and surrounds the raised bed with chicken wire in an attempt to protect his crop from rabbits.