Anyone oop North started planting yet ?

In Yorkshire, a quite sheltered spot but am feeling very wary about starting anything off yet. Lost a lot of early plantings last year. Am waiting to get potatoes and broad beans in to begin with. Where is everyone else at with things ?

(southerners and the rest allowed to reply too of course, but particularly interested in locals)



  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Hello blueberry I'm further north by the Scottish border , not a sheltered area either. I have started seeds but they are in the house on windowsills , I have my seed potatoes to chit but won't be going out until end April probably . Takes a while to get started here outside /unheated greenhouse so I always use the house first.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,116

    In Sheffield. Just been walking round the garden thinking how cold it is. Did plant out some autumn sown annuals a week ago. Plenty of seeds growing on window sills but with an unheated greenhouse nothing can move out yet and I am running out of windows. More snow this week!

    There's one more kid that will never go to school
    Never get to fall in love,never get to be cool.
  • Brycey DBrycey D Posts: 55

    I'm new to veg growing in Glasgow, but have spuds chitting (1sts and main crop) and herbs and salad from seed, garlic in a bed.......have shallots and red onions waiting to go and was thinking of starting leek seeds on the windowsill this week......then I want to do carrots, parsnips, tomatoes, chillies and corn when its a bit hotter.....almost all in containers, see what happens....

  • In Lancashire. Have cauliflower and cabbage seedlings coming up in greenhouse and garlic in modules. have just planted tomato and leek seeds.



  • Pennine PetalPennine Petal Posts: 1,541
    Wait a while blueberry, I'm up on the hills and reckon we are a couple of weeks behind. My snowdrops have only just come out.
  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,156

    manchester . sowing on window sills and in the summer house . to many upsets in the past image

  • Hey up blueberry77 I was at me allotment this morning in what must have been the coldest place in Yorkshire.Near Leeds.Have got plenty int greenhouse under starters orders but I think thers goin to have to be a lot of pitch and course inspections before their off.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,909

    I'm from Lancashire, near the coast and Cumbria boarder. Do travel to Bacup and Barnoldswick, so know how sever the weather can be in that direction.   

    I have three veg beds in the garden and grow other stuff in pots.

    Me thinks you are right in being wary. I grow spuds in bags and if the weather doesn't pick up my spuds won't be planted out until mid April. I've not chitted them since January...some were bought at spud fairs... to bring them in daily to avoid a frost. I've 1st, 2nd and early main.

     I don't grow broad beans, don' like them they seem to go stringy, yuk image and I've never been able to over winter them. French/runner beans though seem to like the wet Northern climate and pea's did well last year along with other stuff.

  • Hey up Zoomer44 nice hear from topposition ont cricket field.How yer diddlin.Well to be serious old lad you dead on the mark. I grow Arran Pilot 1st earlies I have some in the green house in some useful containers a bit bigger than the average sized bucket I put two seeds in each container and keep them in the greenhouse till the weather man in the sky sends us some decent stuff. The rest will stay tillit really warms up a bit 

  • Not bothering till April at least.  Plant later & seedlings will catch up, not good having to buy more seed because you've lost everything to a late frost - and we regularly get frosts here in May (Here being just south of Sheffield)

  • pavery026pavery026 Posts: 75
    Hi here in doncaster it's a big gamble on what to do. Still very cold wet and more frosts and snow to come, so the weather reports say. I might put some potatoes in next weekend as a test but being prepared to loose them.
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,909

    blueberry 77/ Brian...always nice to converse with posters in Yorkshireimage.  

  • Hey up blueberry77 it is good to talk to folks about plots and plotting whats best to get good fruit and veg for all the effort that goes into it.Lets hope we have a good late spring and an even better summer. Plenty of sunshine and balmy long evenings.Have a Goodun Brian Cooper.

  • nightgardennightgarden Posts: 106

    South west Scotland too cold for sowing outside just yet but have just sown the first lot of peas in paper tubes in a cold frame and tomatoes in windowsill propagater today.

    My first potatoes are chitting nicely and I hope to plant them in a couple of weeks - last year they recovered after being nipped by a late frost so this year I'll cover them in newspaper or fleece.


  • orto2011orto2011 Posts: 3

    I'm in Northern Italy. Have a lovely day of sunshine, wander into the garden, plant some seeds.  The next morning wake up to either a very hard frost or a foot of snow.  Every year I think - I'll wait a little longer before I plant, but then the sun comes out and I can't wait.  Really think I have lost all sense of reality - spend the winter collecting the snow into a 2000 litre waterstorage, because here in the summer it is red hot and the garden is desperate for water.  Oh for a North Yorkshire summer !!!

  • Well, woke up to snow this morning so looks like am going to have to be patient for a while longer. Might try some potatoes in containers at the end of the month.

    Nice to hear from everybody, but it could be a challenging year again for us gardeners.


  • Hi Blueberry

    Just got back from the garden (Durham area very chilly) Thought we were going to have snow last night but rained instead and the ground is saturated, I was hoping to get my early broad beans in today that I started off in pots last November as the roots are well on & that piece of ground has been covered in plastic and then will cloche them after. I know they are hardy but I think I will wait along with onion sets.

    This time last year early spuds and onions were already in the ground as the weather was a lot warmer but this year I think will be at least a month late. had to bring the seed pototes in from the garage and put them on top of the wardrobe as they just didnt get going.

    Greenhouse is getting fuller with early seeds germinating Cabbage, caulis, toms,chillies and finding room after pricking out, Maybe a bit to keen to get things started?

    Bring on the warmth and long summer eveningsimage


  • Hey up Cornish Boy up North I use some Bookshelves I got from a car boot sale cost me £4 been a godsend the shelves are 12inches deep 4feet wide and theres 8 of em. I take them down when all the plants are up and running the I stain em and store em int shed. Cheers Brian.

  • Kathy 2Kathy 2 Posts: 109

    Oop 'ere in west Manchester, planted in windowsill propagators yesterday - plum toms, cherry toms, bush toms, chillies, sweet peppers, aubergines, basil, coriander. I think that's all in my March section of my seed box.  image  image

  • Up in Teesside, my first turnips are sprouting under cloches along with oinion sets too (also under cloche). Carrots of today are also starting to show too!

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