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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

What seeds can I sow in the vegetable garden in August?

Sowing vegetable seeds in August. The time is running out for sowing seeds that will be harvested this summer, but there are a few things you can still sow, here is a list

Lettuce and salad crops, but these may not germinate if the weather is too hot. However it is worth a try, as salad leaves are expensive to buy. You can sow seeds for autumn salads if you sow rocket seeds and similar types of salad leaves.

it is the last chance to sow some types of carrot, you can also sow turnips and winter radishes (but I never grown these winter radishes myself).  Carrots look at the varieties and the sowing dates before buying as only some types of carrots suit being sown in August.

Swiss chard and some types of Oriental salad leaves. I have grown the Swiss chard with  rainbow coloured
leaves and it was very colourful and attractive, but the taste was just too 'strong' for my liking. If you like spinach and the stronger tasting kales you might like it though.

Spring cabbages. Cabbages for next spring can be sown in August, sow now if you want to save money on your vegetable shopping  bill next spring. You can sow these in pots or modules if you do not have the space in the vegetable plot at the moment.

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a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote