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What Vegetables can I Plant in May?

There are plenty of vegetables that you can plant in May for a summer or autumn harvest. Get the whole family involved and make it even more fun with our great range of gardening products including grow bags and raised beds, all designed to make planting easier for those with little space, little time, or little hands!

In May most seeds can be sown outside, and plants started inside can be transplanted to the garden. Baby plants should be placed under protection if there is still a chance of late frosts, or a very cold night.

  • Herbs to plant: Basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, and lemon balm.
  • Sow in the garden: Beetroot, broad beans, runner beans, cabbage, lettuce, peas, and tomatoes*. Towards the end of May you can plant Brussels sprouts.
  • Grow under cover until the chance of frost has subsided: Pumpkins, marrow, sweetcorn.

Be sure to give plants (especially fruit trees) plenty of water when the temperature starts to rise.  You may also need to shade plants in the greenhouse. Read our blog post on how to keep your greenhouse cool.

*Tomatoes should be covered at night wherever there is a chance of frost. Growing tomatoes in a specialised grow bag means that they are easier to move to cover if necessary.