All the hard work is starting to pay off, the vegetable garden is producing plenty to take back to the kitchen. Beans and courgettes will need picking daily; blanche and freeze beans to avoid a glut or waste, try to pick courgettes before they become too big and watery. Not much can be sown now in time for harvest although salad leaves, lettuces and some of the faster growing roots and leaf vegetables should be fine. I like to experiment and push boundaries, I’ll be giving a few other things a try for a late harvest such as carrots, beets, peas and kohl rabi. No harm done if it doesn’t work. As space becomes available, over wintering crops such as kale and purple sprouting broccoli can be planted out.
Some jobs for August:
- Keep watering tomatoes (especially greenhouse varieties), pinch out side shoots as they appear and growing tips once 4 or 5 trusses have formed. Keep feeding. For ripening tomatoes, tie in main stems to extra canes to support heavy trusses.
- Cut to the ground all the summer fruiting raspberry canes that have borne fruit, tie in the new green canes for next years fruit.
- Pick courgette flowers for stuffing or frying
- Keep sowing salad leaves, radish and lettuces
- Sow or transplant spring cabbages
- Plant out the last of kale and purple sprouting broccoli
- Harvest main crop potatoes, keep earthing up rows to prevent tubers turning green
- Earth up sweet corn and brassicas to prevent them toppling over
- Keep cutting sweet pea flowers to bring indoors, remove seed pods to encourage more flowers
- Ventilate the greenhouse
- Water regularly
- Harvest the last of the garlic, allow to dry before stringing
- Harvest onions if ready, allow to dry before storing
- Propagate strawberries by gently pushing rooted runners into the soil or small pots of soil. Sever the runner from the adult plant as the runners put on growth and develop a stronger root system.
- For larger pumpkins, feed once a week with organic tomato feed, in damp weather lift fruits clear of the ground and place onto bricks or plastic trays to prevent rotting.
- Pinch out the tops of climbing beans to prevent them becoming top-heavy and to encourage new growth lower down
- Harvest regularly and enjoy!