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Medlar Trees, Pears
Beetroot, Broad Beans
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Onions from seed
Runner Beans, Spinach
Swiss Chard, Tomatoes
ADJUST DATES TO YOUR TOWN
For all other viewers (England Scotland and Wales), follow the instructions in the green box below.
Scroll down in the box below and click your town. Then click "SET MY FROST DATES" below:
If your town (large or small) is not in the drop down box above then ask us to add it by entering your town in the form below and then clicking "CLICK HERE TO SEND YOUR TOWN.
You can manually set the frost dates if you believe the dates we give are not appropriate for your town. From the drop down list above 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 (end May / early June).
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.
The map below shows the main weather zones in the UK.
THE MAP BELOW IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.
PLEASE CHECK THE GREEN SECTION ABOVE TO CHECK IF WE ALREADY HAVE YOUR TOWN AND SELECT IT.
MORE ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF FROST IN YOUR GARDEN
At the end of this page we have begun compiling a list of recent weather predictions for the UK in winter, most of which turned out to be a whole pile of sensation seeking rubbish! Read this article to the end and see those predictions. We will add to them in the future.
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 partially 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.
UK WEATHER PREDICTIONS
PREDICTION 1 - The Daily Express November 26th 2014.
"WEATHER forecasters have in the past few hours issued the terrifying warning that devastating snowstorms which crippled parts of America will rip into Britain IN DAYS ........ A set of freak circumstances will collide to trigger a perfect storm of conditions capable of sparking a near NATIONWIDE whiteout.
The weather over the next two weeks was about average with only average snowfalls in the North of England and Scotland. Our rating of this prediction 0 / 10.
PREDICTION 2 - The Mirror October 29th 2014
"And that could mean the gates are open to a freezing influx of air that could engulf the UK - similar to what happened in 1947 when average temperatures plummeted to -2.7C. The worst of the weather is predicted to arrive around the middle of November and could again mean nightmare travelling conditions on the roads and chaos at British airports.
The UK weather in November 2014 was about average. Our rating of this prediction 0 / 10.