Beetroot, Broad Beans
Cucumber - Ridge
Planting onion sets
Swede , Sweetcorn
Swiss Chard, Tomatoes
TREES AND SHRUBS
HOW TO COPE WITH FROST IN YOUR GARDEN
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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.