Finish preparing your seed beds incorporating plenty of compost and organic matter to improve structure and drainage. Fork in a good multi-purpose fertiliser such as Marshalls Organic Extra – a super-concentrated farmyard manure which releases nutrients to the soil over a long period, boosting healthy growth and producing bumper crops, a couple of weeks before you begin sowing.
It is a super top-dressing for fruit trees and bushes too. When weather conditions are favourable sow Carrots, Parsnips, Beetroot, Broad Beans, Peas, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Summer Cabbage and Cauliflower, but be prepared to protect the beds if cold weather is forecast. In a frost-free greenhouse make the first sowings of Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Celery, Globe Artichokes and Salad Leaves.