Vegetable Gardening Tasks for Late Spring
Sow maincrop carrots, if this was not done in mid spring. Continue to cut asparagus spears.
If you want to grow outdoor crops of marrows or courgettes, prepare the site at the beginning of late spring by digging holes 30cm (1ft) square and 90cm (3ft) apart. Place a forkful of well-rotted manure in each hole before replacing the soil until it forms a mound. At the end of late spring sow three seeds on each soil mound, later removing the two weakest seedlings.
About the second week of late spring, sow French beans outdoors. During the last two weeks of late spring sow runner beans, preferably on a site prepared earlier. Insert bean poles or support canes before sowing.
Set out plants of late summer cauliflowers which were sown in mid spring, planting them 60cm (2ft) apart. Plant with a dibber and dust each hole with calomel as a precaution against club root disease. Set the plants with their bottom leaves at soil level, firming them in with the heel and watering immediately afterwards.
In cool northern areas, plant out Brussels sprouts. Make further sowings of summer spinach and salad crops for a steady supply. Cloches and frames Remove cloches from spring cabbages, carrots, lettuces and broad beans, in several stages over three weeks, so that the plants harden off gradually. First move the cloches 5cm (2in) apart, doubling the gap at intervals of four or five days.
To grow cucumbers under cloches or in frames, prepare the site as for outdoor marrows. Sow the seeds a week or two afterwards. When the seeds germinate, remove surplus seedlings and ventilate the cloches or frames during the day.
In cool northern areas, sow runner beans under glass in the middle of late spring for planting out in the open during the second week of early summer