Humber Avenue Community Allotments

Advice on seed sowing times by Charles Dowding with links to the RHS website.


Weed strike with a hoe, to disturb tiny weed seedlings in the surface. Early weed strikes mean fewer weeds through the summer.

If your beds have many weeds its best to raise your seeds undercover to prevent the weeds from overcoming the seedlings.

There is no rush to sow tomatoes, even late March is good.

Week 1Peas for shoots,Spring onion, lettuce, spinach, coriander, parsley, early cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, broad beans, peppers, aubergine, chillies

Week 1 Garlic if not yet sown.

or Week 3. Lettuce, spinach, coriander, parsley, early cabbage, cauliflower, calabrese, peas for shoots,

Week 3 tomatoes, aubergine, peppers, chillies, peas for pods, celeriac, beetroot,

Week 3 parsnips,Onion sets, turnips, radish.

or Week 4Lettuce, spinach, spring onion, early cabbage, Onion sets, parsnips, shallots, lettuce, spinach, coriander, celeriac, beetroot, turnips, radish.carrots, first early potatoes