Updated: Nov 17, 2020
November might not seem the most ideal month to start planting but actually there are plenty of things that you can plant now. Some will not flower until early next year but some will give you a food crop in just a few weeks! So regardless of whether you have a windowsill, a porch, a balcony or a garden you can still get involved in our campaign, plant something as symbol of hope and help us to get the UK growing.
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Broad beans can be sown directly into the ground in October-November or alternatively into pots. The perfect vegetable for beginners or children to grow. The Sutton is a dwarf variety ideal for pots or small gardens.
For more information on different varieties and how to plant them head to Thompson & Morgan's website.
Salad leaves are perfect for sowing indoors and children will love how quickly they start to grow. They’re quick, easy and cheap to grow and you can pick the varieties your family like the most, for example spinach or rocket.
Use peat-free compost and sow straight into a seed tray or directly into a pot – or any container you have to hand. Just make sure it has drainage holes at the bottom.
Don’t sow them too thickly – you can always plant some more in a different pot to ensure you have a salad crop all winter.
Simply keep them moist and give them a bright spot – a windowsill, doorstep, balcony or patio are all great.
First early peas
Yum – fresh peas! Whilst you will have to wait for these to grow over the winter you will get a crop in early Spring.
Early varieties like ‘Meteor’ and ‘Kelvedon Wonder’ are ideal. Don’t forget to protect your peas from slugs, birds and mice by growing in covered containers.
If you like your food with a bit of a kick why not grow your own chilli peppers? Certain varieties (e.g. ‘Apache’ and ‘Medusa’) can be sown at anytime of the year if you grow them indoors and keep them on a sunny windowsill. In November, when the days are shorter, they will need warmth and the brightest spot possible.
Sweet peas flower in the summer but can last all the way through to October and are what’s known as ‘cut and come again’. The more flowers you pick the more the plant will provide. You can start to plant them now to ensure strong plants when you come to plant them into pots or the garden in the spring.
These are great for bees and other pollinators and can be sown any time of the year. Sow directly into the garden if you have one, or indoors in containers before moving out in the spring.
Eryngiums (aka Sea Holly)
Eryngiums are bee-friendly perennials that require a period of cold in order to germinate. You can sow them into pots or seed trays and pop them in a cool spot – cold frame, unheated greenhouse or porch if not too sunny – over the winter.