There’s lots to harvest at the allotment in August, the pay-off for all that work earlier in the year.
Despite the major distraction of moving in February, we’ve had a good supply of vegetables including french beans, onions, beetroot (early, young leaves and then the roots), potatoes and swiss chard.
The potato bed has been weeded and tidied, one of the tubs is for weeds, the other for stuff that can go straight on the compost heap.
Jostaberries (a hybrid of gooseberry and blackcurrant) and gooseberries have been picked and stashed in the freezer. Regular readers know how much I love soft fruit, not only for its’ flavour and versatility but also for the big rewards for so little effort, my kind of growing.
Courgettes are trying to catch up after a late start, the first lot of seeds just didn’t germinate so there’s a second batch on the way, I’m sure we’ll get some, just later than usual.
But we can’t rest on our laurels, late summer harvests are the result of efforts made now, so here’s some things to be getting on with
Keep picking crops or they’ll think the job is done and stop production.
I’m growing them outside down at the allotment this year, so far so good, I keep tying the stems to the canes and pinching out side-soots, and I’m giving them a weekly dose of liquid tomato fertiliser to encourage flowering and fruiting.
are coming along well, they’ve had a few waterings of the nettle tea that’s been brewing for the last few weeks, as well as watering the bed’s been weeded and yellowing lower leaves can hide pests and stop air flow, so they’ve been removed to the compost heap.
Vegetables to sow in August:
it’s the perfect time to sow hardy salad leaves like
- lambs lettuce
- and winter purslane to have a crop of leaves through winter. I‘m going to sow them in a seed tray in the cold frame and transplant them out when they’re big enough, I’ll have a fleece tunnel ready to cover then when it gets really cold.
There’s also time for a final sowing of swiss chard, it tastes and looks lovely, small leaves can be used in salads and larger ones steamed like spinach.
All of the above can be sown on a balcony and the salads on a window-sill.
We’re on holiday from tomorrow, so I won’t be posting for a week, but there’ll be photos on Instagram and Twitter.
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson.