Grow your own | What vegetables to plant in August!

Welcome to August, a fabulous time for your vegetable garden! Hopefully the crops sown in July are looking great and your vegetable garden is really starting to look productive, beginning to produce crops for harvesting! Usually the hottest month of the year for most of us, August is all about watering, making sure crops receive the moisture they need to grow and are in good condition; for example, root vegetables are prone to splitting if not watered regularly.

It’s all going on in your vegetable garden, which is why August isn’t the best time to leave your garden unattended to jet off on your annual summer holiday – but hey, you deserve it after your hard work in the garden this year!

If you don’t have an automatic watering system, perhaps ask a willing neighbour to take care of your crops. After spending a week or so in your gorgeous garden, they’re bound to accept a fresh basket of home-grown goodies as payment when you return!

What to harvest…

Berries and cherries! All kinds of berries can be harvested in August so this is the time to make that Black Forest Gateau or summer fruit salad! It’s also time for apples, apricots and peaches, so you can really go to town with creating gorgeous fruit-based desserts. The peppers and cucumbers that you sowed in June will also be ready for harvesting, allowing you to get making those gorgeous and flavoursome salads for the August heat!

What vegetables to plant in August…

At this time of the year you can grow more spring vegetables such as a last sowing of spring onions and baby leaf spinach. It’s too late for arguably the most popular salad crop, tomatoes, but continue taking care of the ones you planted earlier in the year ensuring they’re beautifully ripe. This is also a great time to sow spring and Chinese cabbage and carrot. This Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Rice Noodles uses cabbage and carrots as nutrients which can be added to any meal to add colour and that fresh-from-the-garden taste!

 

The new season…

Although the dark cold nights of winter may seem months away, plants need to be well-established in their soil before the cooler weather arrives. That’s why although it may seem early, now’s the time to plan for winter crop growing and to start sowing seeds for winter harvesting. It’s time to start sowing root crops such as mooli and turnips ready for the autumn and winter where we crave those warm, filling dishes, such as this Sweet Potato and Mooli Bubble & Squeek!

Got any of your own tips for home-growing vegetables ready for the winter months? Let us know on Facebook or tweet us at @BrabantiaLife

 

Grow your own | What vegetables to plant in August! was last modified: December 8th, 2015 by Aime
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