Courgettes are a fantastic plant for beginners as they’re really simple to grow. Our top tip for sowing outdoors would be to wait until the end of May or early June – just to be sure all the frosty spells are over. Harvest between July and September, and enjoy their sweet, rich and nutty flavour.
2. Runner Beans
Now is a great time to start thinking about growing runner beans, so get seeds sown in either pots or trays – using good quality compost – ready for harvesting in the months of July to October. Once sown, pots can be left on either a windowsill or in a greenhouse. After a couple of weeks, they’ll be ready to plant outside, but make sure to use protective cloches until the risk of frost has gone.
It may come as a surprise to some, but it’s possible to grow sweetcorn at home in the UK – and we think it’s tastier than shop-bought sweetcorn too. Home-grown sweet corn is renowned for its succulent nature. It’s also another really simple vegetable to grow, and May is a great time to sow your sweetcorn seeds directly outside. As sweetcorn is wind pollinated, they need to be planted in blocks rather than rows so we’d recommend either sowing them 3x3 or 4x4, leaving approximately 12 inches between each plant. Remember to keep seedlings well-watered throughout the growing period to ensure a healthy crop!