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Seed sowing in Scotland & Northern England

We had a question on the forum about vegetable growing in Scotland where it can get a little colder than here in Devon – so we’ve put together a list of varieties that should thrive in these conditions.

Beetroot Boltardy and Beetroot Globe 2

Broccoli Autumn Spear and Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Brussels Sprout Bedford Winter Harvest and Brussels Sprout Wellington

Cabbage April, Cabbage Greyhound, Cabbage January King and Cabbage Wheelers Imperial.

Carrot Chantenay Red Cored, Carrot Eskimo and Carrot Early Nantes

Cauliflower All The Year Round and Cauliflower Galleon

Curled Cress

Cucumber Long Green Ridge and Cucumber  Telegraph

Leek Musselburgh, Leek Autumn Giant 3 Albana

Dwarf Green Curled Kale

Lettuce All The Year Round, Little Gem Lettuce, Lettuce Unrivalled, Lettuce Webbs Wonderful and Cos Lettuce Lobjoits Green

Onion Ailsa Craig and Spring Onion White Lisbon

Marrow (Courgette)  Green Bush and Marrow Tiger Cross

Melon Sweetheart

Parsley Favorit

Parsnip Tender & True

Radish French Breakfast and Radish Scarlet Globe

Perpetual Spinach

Swede Brora, Swede Ruby and Swede Invitation

Sweetcorn Sundance

Tomato Ailsa Craig and Tomato Moneymaker

Pea Kelvedon Wonder and Pea Onward

Turnip Golden Ball, Turnip Purple Top Milan and Turnip Snowball

Beans: French Bean The Prince, Runner Bean Scarlet Emperor and Broad Bean Giant Exhibition Longpod

Of course some of these varieties are also available as plug plants but growing from seed is much more rewarding! Let us know how you get on.

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5 thoughts on “Seed sowing in Scotland & Northern England”

  1. Katie Brunt says:

    Hi David, thank you for your comment and advice. Great to hear from some in the north of Scotland!
    Best regards,
    The Suttons Team

  2. David Page says:

    Broad bean de Monica does very well in the north of Scotland – it doens’t need much sun or warmth. It doesn’t over-winter well, so start off early with setting seeds indoors or in a heated greenhouse before hardening off and planting outside.

  3. Celia Chambers says:

    Thanks for this list, coming back to veg growing now I’m retired, I recognise many names that we grew in the ’70s in a walled garden in Leeds, when I started my career as ‘the Gardener’s lad’ ! I had paused in my seed order as I realised I needed more info.

  4. Suttons says:

    Thanks for the feedback, if anyone has had any success with cucumbers or melons in Scotland, please let us know.

  5. realfood says:

    I think that you may be a bit optimistic with some of your seed recommendations for Scotland!!
    You will have great difficulties with the Cucumbers, & Melon even in a cold Greenhouse, and impossible outside in the typical Summer.

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