> If you’re lucky enough to have space for growing potatoes, it’s not too late to plant. Soil temperatures need to be above 7°C for spuds. Speed up the process by chitting (sprouting seed potatoes in a warm spot out of the sun) so they form plenty of shoots. When shoots are about 2.5cm long the potatoes are ready to plant. > Avoid planting iceberg lettuce seedlings in warmer areas as they can take a couple of months to mature and do better in cooler temperatures. Cos is one of the most heattolerant lettuce types. When planting out lettuce seedlings space them about 15cm apart. To protect against heavy rain and snails cover with cloches for the first 2-3 weeks. Soil should be fertile with plenty of organic matter such as compost, seaweed or well-rotted manure added beforehand to hold the water and provide nutrients for these hungry feeders.
> Spring-planted onions will grow far more quickly than those planted over winter, so now is a better time for space-poor onion lovers. Spacing seedlings quite close together (3-5cm) means your onion bulbs will be smaller and suitable for eating as spring onions or for pickling. To grow bigger bulbs space them at least 10cm apart. Try to choose an onion variety to suit the season.
> Cauliflower can still be planted in cooler places. It’s often better to plant seedlings than sow cauliflower seed direct to ensure plants have a good root system. Choose a spot with good sun and space seedlings 45-60cm apart.