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ADJUST DATES
IN THIS WEBSITE

YOUR OWN
VEGETABLE CALENDAR

FRUIT
Apples, Blackcurrants
Gooseberries
Medlar Trees, Pears
Plums, Raspberries
Red Currants
Strawberries
 
VEGETABLES
Beetroot, Broad Beans
Brussels Sprouts
Carrots, Courgettes
Cucumber - Ridge
French Beans
Leek, Lettuce
Planting onion sets
Onions from seed
Peas, Potatoes
Radish, Rhubarb
Runner Beans, Spinach
Swede, Sweetcorn
Swiss Chard, Tomatoes

HERBS
Basil, Bay Trees
Garlic, Marjoram
Mint, Parsley
Rosemary, Sage

TECHNIQUES
Crop Rotation
Fruit Cages
Jargon Buster
Polytunnels
Tillers / Rotovators

TREES AND SHRUBS
Choisya
Japanese Maple trees
Lilac trees
Hibiscus syriacus
Mock Orange
Skimmia

PLANTS
Chinese Lantern plants
Fuchsia

HOW TO COPE WITH FROST IN YOUR GARDEN

To adjust all dates in GardenFocused to be correct for your area either select a town from the drop down box below (and then click "SET MY FFROST DATES") or for larger towns in the UK click on one of the small black boxes in the map further down the page. Mobile users may need to expand the picture to click.

After you have set your frost date, check it out by looking near the top right of this or any page in GardenFocused. If it's set correctly then you know we have set all dates to suit your area of the UK. Occasionally your settings can get lost over time although this is unusual. If this happens then simply return to this page and reset to your town.

If your town is not on the map or the drop down box then contact us using the email address below and we will consider including it. webmaster@gardenfocused.co.uk.

You can manually set the last frost dates if you believe the dates we give are not appropriate for your town. From the drop down list below select Manual 1 (last frost = last week of March), Manual 2 (last frost = 2nd week April), Manual 3 (last frost = last week April), Manual 4 (2nd week May) and Manual 5 (last week of May).


For viewers in Ireland (all areas, north and south), go to our page specially dedicated to frost dates in your area. Click here to go there now.

Select a town from the drop down box below and then click "SET MY FROST DATES" below:



If your town is not in the dropdown list above, email us at:
webmaster@gardenfocused.co.uk and we'll put it there for you!



OR
Click a black box near your town on the map below.
NOTE: there are many more towns in the drop down box above
compared to the map below (not enough room on the map!)

Map of England, Scotland and Wales

MORE ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF FROST IN YOUR GARDEN

Weather affects the plants in your garden in many ways. Possibly one of the most obvious is the effect of a late frost on tender plants and vegetables - it can kill them overnight! The more you know about the weather in your area, the better chance you have of raising healthy plants. This article examines how frost forms, where it forms and how the effects can be minimised. Towards the middle of this page is a map of England, Scotland and Wales which attempts to identify the last frost date in your area.

It's easy to confuse the effects of the last frost date and the lowest average temperature on the plants in your garden. In general terms the last frost date will effect when you can plant tender, annual plants and vegetables. The lowest average temperature however will effect which types of non-annual plants you can grow in your garden. For example, if the last frost in your garden is late spring, you will be able to plant out tomato plants a week or so later.

If the same garden has a lowest average temperature of -15°C / 32°F then some shrubs will be killed by that lowest temperature because, although they are frost hardy, they are not fully hardy. An example of such a shrub is Cistus. So it is easily possible that your garden is ideal for growing annual tomatoes but is not suitable for growing shrubs which are only frost hardy.

When using the map above be aware that the last frost date can vary quite significantly even in the same town. Factors which can affect the last frost date include slopes and hills, nearby presence of large bodies of water and others. The frost dates associated with each town above are generally accurate in six out of seven years but occasionally a late frost can catch even the experts out. However what is is very clear is that different parts of the UK do have very different last frost dates, a fact which most gardening websites and books simply ignore. This site attempts to address this problem by asking you where you live and then adjusting all dates to match the likely weather conditions in your area.