JOBS TO DO IN JANUARY
Clear old crops, rubbish and weeds.
Spread compost over beds
Plan crop rotation
Dig trench for planting dwarf and climbing beans and celery, then fill with kitchen waste, compost, manure, paper and wet cardboard.
Start chitting early potatoes on cool, light windowsill.
Sow onion seed in propagator or warm windowsill.
Plant new trees and bushes.
Feed apple and pear trees
Prune apples, pears, currants and gooseberries.
Replace tree grease bands.
Cover rhubarb. (For forced rhubarb)
Feed raspberries and then mulch.
JOBS TO DO IN FEBRUARY
Continue tidying up.
Plant shallots, asparagus, and Jerusalem artichokes.
Mulch perennial veg with compost.
Continue digging trenches.
Divide established clumps of rhubarb.
Prune fruit trees (not cordon or espalier.)
Prune fruit bushes.
Plant bare root fruit.
Tie cane fruits to support.
Feed and mulch fruit.
Prune autumn fruiting raspberries down to ground level.
Mulch fruit trees with compost.
JOBS TO DO IN MARCH
Use cloches , clear polythene or fleece to warm seedbeds for early sowing.
Sow outside under cloches ;
Sow in frost free greenhouse;
Plant out shallots, garlic, onion sets, asparagus and Jerusalem artichokes
Plant early potatoes.
Complete feeding and mulching fruit.
Complete pruning autumn raspberries, blueberries and gooseberries.
JOBS TO DO IN APRIL
Cover seed beds with cloches to warm soil.
Plant asparagus crowns
Plant onion sets growing in modules.
Plant potatoes, earlies and 2nd earlies.
Plant out broad beans grown under glass.
Earth up potatoes.
Pot up tomato seedlings
Start formative pruning of plums and cherry
Prune fig trees
Cover strawberries with cloches for early fruit.
Blast wooley aphids of fruit trees with water
Spray apples With fungicide to prevent mildew.
JOBS TO DO IN MAY
HOE WEEKLY !!!!!!!
Weed and water.
Sow outdoors; Salad leaves, rocket, radish, spring onions, beetroot, leeks, carrots, swede, turnip, leaf beet, spinach, cabbage, sprouting broccoli, cauliflour, peas and herbs.
Sow in pots under cover ; French and runner beans, marrow, courgettes, squash, pumpkin and sweetcorn , harden off late May and plant out June.
Transfer toms to containers or grow bags.
Remove side shoots on cordon toms.
Transplant brassicas to cropping position.
Card collars around brassicas to prevent cabbage root fly.
Earth up around potato stems .
Mulch fruit trees and bushes.
Straw around strawberry plants.
Watch for and rub off gooseberry sawfly.
Peach leaf curl; Spray with copper based fungicide.
Rhubarb, Asparagarus spears , salad leaves.
JOBS TO DO IN JUNE
Weed and water.
Everything can now be sown outside.
Don't harvest new pots before June,
Dig up new pots after flowers first appear.
Continue earthing up pots.
Keep sowing lettuce every 3-4 weeks.
Sow winter brassicas, fennel and oriental greens.
Plant out peppers, courgettes, squash, sweetcorn, beans and outdoor cucumbers.
Rub yellow eggs and caterpillars off cabbage.
Stop cutting asparagus.
Tie in new raspberry and blackberry canes.
Net soft fruit.
Liquid feed rhubarb.
Rhubarb to end of month.
Blackcurrants and prune at the same time.
JOBS TO DO IN JULY
Sow outside ;
Beetroot, Chinese leaves, spring cabbage, endive, salad leaves, lettuce, radish, winter spinach, fennel, kohl rabi, flat leaved parsley, pok choi, carrots "Early Nantes" for autumn crop, turnips for green tops and green manure.
Sow in pots;
Dwarf French beans and peas for a late crop.
Plant out final crops of pot grown pumpkins, squash, tomato, salads, sweetcorn, and beans.
Plant out leeks and winter brassica.
Water and earth up main crop potatoes.
Earth up celery and endive.
Net soft fruit.
Keep soft fruit well watered.
Summer prune currants and gooseberries. (Remove 10cm of new growth from each shoot)
Cut out old fruiting canes to base of raspberries, loganberries and tayberries after picking and tie in new canes.
Tie in and train new blackberry canes.
Peg down strawberry runners from young healthy plants.
Prepare new strawberry beds.
Thin apples, pears and plums after "June drop".
Summer prune apples and pears grown as espalier, fan and cordon.
Summer prune plums after harvest.
JOBS TO DO IN AUGUST
Sow outdoors; Endive, oriental leaves, pok choi, radish, salad leaves, spring cabbage, winter spinach and green manure.
Transplant summer sown cabbage, broccoli and kale.
Pick beans regularly to encourage flowering.
Bend outer cauli leaves over curds to keep them white.
Fine netting over brassicas to keep off cabbage white butterfly.
Rub caterpillars off brassicas.
After harvesting beans and legumes cut to the ground, leave roots to produce nitrogen for next year.
Increase feeding toms.
Complete lifting of 2nd early potatoes.
Raise squash and pumpkins off ground.
Protect outdoor pots and toms with copper fungicide.
Prune out a quarter of oldest blackcurrat stems if not done when harvesting.
Continue tying in new fruit canes.
Prepare new strawberry beds.
Remove apples, pears and plums affected by brown rot.
JOBS TO DO IN SEPTEMBER
Sow outside; Overwintering broad beans, corn salad, endive, land cress, hardy peas, radish, spinach, spring onion, spring cabbage, turnips for green tops, winter lettuce and green manure.
Plant out garlic and over wintering onion sets.
Lift maincrop potatoes.
Harvest globe artichokes, sweetcorn and outdoor toms (ripen indoors)
Stake Brussel sprouts.
Pot up herbs for winter use.
Cut down ferny foliage on asparagus.
Pick early apples and pears and late ripening plums and clear away diseased fruit.
Take gooseberry cuttings.
Trim strawberries, mulch with compost.
JOBS TO DO IN OCTOBER
Sow green manure.
Plant out spring cabbage plants, garlic and overwintering onion seta.
Lift potatoes, beetroot, and carrots and store in frost free and dry conditions.
Cover herbs with cloches.
Dry herbs for winter use.
Harvest pumpkins, squash and marrows before frosts.
Cut fruited blackberry canes to the ground and tie in next years.
Pick remaining apples and pears before frost and store.
Plant out strawberry plants.
Take hardwood cuttings of gooseberries and currants.
Lift and divide rhubarb crowns.
Apply grease bands to fruit trees.
JOBS TO DO IN NOVEMBER
Remove debris for compost.
Collect leaves for leafmould.
Dig compost or manure into vacant areas OR spread it over the surface, the worms will do the rest. THE FAMOUS NO DIG METHOD.
Sow green manures.
Still time to sow overwintering broad beans and hardy peas but protact with cloches.
Finish planting garlic.
Harvest parsnips when you need them.
Save bean seeds.
Start winter pruning apples and pears.
Cut away dead leaves from strawberries.
Prune out fruited canes of autumn raspberries.
Plant bushes, canes and fruit trees.
JOBS TO DO IN DECEMBER
Continue clearing and composting.
Continue digging in compost/manure or cover with compost/manure. ( NO DIG METHOD.)
Earth up sprouts.
Plant new fruit trees and bushes if ground not frozen.
Winter prune apples, pears, currants and gooseberries.
Cover rhubarb for earlier, sweeter stems.
Hardwood cuttings of currants and gooseberries can still be taken.