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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, Hebe
Japanese Maple trees
Lilac trees, Mahonia
Hibiscus syriacus
Mock Orange
Potentilla, Skimmia

PLANTS
Chinese Lantern plants
Fuchsia

ADJUST DATES TO YOUR TOWN

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 FROST 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

At the end of this page we have begun compiling a list of recent and not so recent weather predictions for the UK in winter, most of which turned out to a whole pile of sensation seeking rubbish! Read this article to the end and see those predictions.

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.

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 REALITY
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 REALITY
The UK weather in November 2014 was about average. Our rating of this prediction 0 / 10.