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Monday 8 August 2022

The Vegetable Plot - August

Coming and sowing 

Cut and come again is easy with both succession sowing and choosing suitable leafy crops. Fast-growing lettuces from seed include Tom Thumb and Little Gem, but most lettuces and salad leaves provide pickings over a long period. 

Taking a few outer leaves and leaving the plant to grow on and sprout more leaves will give you a continuous supply. Suitable cut and come again plants include radicchio, mizuna, leaf celery, rocket, sorrel, spinach, chard, basil, beetroot, coriander, parsley, mustard, red kale and pak choi. 

Vegetables to continue sowing now include cauliflower, endive, cress, red cabbage, turnips and radishes. Chinese cabbage and Chinese kale are good for stir-fries and autumn salads.

  • Dig up early potatoes and dry for next year’s seeding
  • Protect fruit from wasps, birds, slugs, snails, and earwigs
  • Prune summer fruiting raspberries
  • Earth up maincrop celery
  • Lift spring-sown onions and harvest shallots
  • Water tomatoes, marrows and broccoli copiously

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