Grow Vegetable Plugs

How to grow veg plugs

We demonstrate how to grow on plug plants by planting them in a raised bed.

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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At its best
At its best

Plant is at its best in January

Plant is at its best in February

Plant is not at its best in March

Plant is not at its best in April

Plant is not at its best in May

Plant is not at its best in June

Plant is not at its best in July

Plant is not at its best in August

Plant is at its best in September

Plant is at its best in October

Plant is at its best in November

Plant is at its best in December

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Do not To do in January

Do not To do in February

Do not To do in March

Do not To do in April

Do not To do in May

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Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do To do in November

Do not To do in December

Clear away old summer crops in early autumn and you can make space for salads and vegetables to give you pickings through winter and into spring.

While it’s too late to sow most crops at this point, you can still buy young plants as plugs from specialist growers. If you don’t have a greenhouse to provide winter shelter, you can still plant the plugs in covered beds outdoors.

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Discover how to grow vegetable plugs for tasty pickings over winter, or at other times of the year.

You will need

  • Young plug plants
  • A trowel
  • Cloches or fleece
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Step 1

Young plug plants will arrive by post ready for planting immediately so unpack them at once and moisten the rootballs if the compost is dry.

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Step 2

Most plugs should come with planting instructions, so read these first. Plant the plugs in well-prepared soil, burying the rootballs and firming around them.

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Step 3

Space out salads or other plug plants evenly across the bed. Alternatively, if space is at a premium, you can plant them in large pots instead.

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Step 4

Water them in well, particularly if conditions are dry, and cover salad plants with cloches or fleece to protect them during very cold weather.

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Spring plugs

You can also follow this advice for plug plants bought and grown on in spring. To avoid any damage from pests, you could grow on your plugs in trays or small pots until they’re larger. Water regularly, especially in hot weather.