What to sow and do in an August kitchen garden

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August brings us rich pickings, plenty of maintenance and some opportunities to prepare for the next growing season in the kitchen garden or on the allotment. Whether you’re growing your own food right now or you’re thinking about starting next year, read on.

Seeds to sow in August

It’s high summer and most edible gardens are well established, but there are still some seeds you can sow now to provide food later this year and into the next. As always, check individual seed packets for sowing dates as certain varieties have different ideal planting times.

· Carrots (Autumn maincrop varieties)
· Chicory
· Endive
· Japanese onions (to overwinter)
· Kohl rabi
· Leaf beet (perpetual spinach, to overwinter)
· Lettuce (baby leaf)
· Oriental greens
· Radishes
· Rocket
· Spinach
· Spring cabbage (to overwinter)
· Swiss chard (eat some as baby leaf, eat the rest next year)
· Turnips
· Winter radish

Apart from sowing seeds, there’s plenty to do this month while the garden’s growing in the warmer weather.

Planting out in August

· Sprouting broccoli seedlings
· Winter cauliflower seedlings

Care of vegetables in August

· Check tomatoes & potatoes for blight, remove yellowing leaves at the base of stems
· Pinch out (‘stop’) cordon tomato tips
· Remove one or two pumpkin leaves if they’re shading fruit (end of the month)
· Put straw or upturned saucers between ripening pumpkins and the soil
· Lift and dry onions and garlic

Care of fruit in August

· Cut back old canes of Summer-type (floricane) raspberries if fruiting is over
· Tie in new canes of Summer-type (floricane) raspberries
· Plant out new strawberry plants for next year
· Summer prune damsons, peaches, plums, nectarines etc if they’ve finished fruiting (check pruning requirements of individual varieties)

Jobs to keep on top of in August

· Check crops for pests and diseases
· Deadhead flowers of companion plants
· Earth up potatoes & Jerusalem artichokes
· Feed plants with liquid feed every 7 – 14 days
· Pick ripe fruit regularly
· Protect fruit from birds
· Slug and snail protection
· Tie in plants as they grow
· Turn compost
· Ventilate greenhouse or cloche
· Watering
· Weeding

Are you growing your own fruit, vegetables and herbs this season? How’s your plot looking right now?

 

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