February is the last month to sow many of the warm weather crops and also time to start sowing to be ready for Autumn plantings. We like to start off Brassica crops such as Kale, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and Cauliflower.
We always recommend growing Land Cress 'Upland' with your Brassica crops, as it is a dead end trap for White Cabbage Moths who can’t resist laying their eggs on the leaves. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars eat the cress leaves and are killed straight away, long before they have a chance to munch on your brassica crops! Land Cress has a strong peppery flavour and will grow all year round.
Climbing or Bush Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) can be sown successfully from January to March. Sowing bean seeds in early Spring or late Summer will increase your harvest as plants will be flowering when the temperatures are in the ideal range for successful pollination of 21 - 27 degrees Celsius. Successful pollination reduces substantially when temperatures exceed 32 degrees Celsius at flowering time.
Here are our sowing guides for the next few months - in case you just can't wait: March | April | May