Firstly, apologies for the post being a little late but I have a valid reason behind it. I have recently taken on another allotment plot and have been busy turning it around and making it useable for the winter and upcoming months.
August seems to be a great time for acquiring a new plot as the days are longer and hopefully drier meaning that there are more productive hours that can be spent clearing the plot. I will go into more detail about my new plot in a future post but for now, here are a few jobs that we can all be getting on with this month.
Jobs to do………in August
- Check sweetcorn kernels to see if they are ripe. Press a thumbnail into the kernels to see if a milky liquid oozes out.
- Pinch out runner bean tops to prevent having to over reach for the beans.
- Lift and store second early potatoes.
- Take cuttings for woody herbs such as rosemary, thyme marjoram and sage.
- Keep on top of pest control. A soft soap liquid solution works well.
- Thin seedlings to prevent overcrowding and water well if the soil is dry after thinning. The transplants may be situated elsewhere to get another crop.
- Keep the greenhouse well ventilated and damp down the floors to help the humidity.
- Harvest and dry a wide variety of fresh herbs to use later in the season.
- Lift and store early beetroot. They taste more tender when harvested before they reach the size of a tennis ball.
- Keep harvesting your vegetables to encourage production. In some cases, the more you pick the more you get!
- Continue to feed tomatoes and peppers but reduce the watering towards the end of the months to help the chillies to ripen.
- Completely remove and turn the contents of the compost bin. There will be plenty of green waste added this month so it pays to turn before it gets overfull.
- Make a new strawberry bed with the runners from the existing plants.
- Keep an eye on courgettes and pick them while they are still young. They seem to grow in the blink of an eye!
- Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic for use in the coming months.
What to sow………Indoors and outdoors
- Autumn and Winter salads
- Early Carrots
- Chinese Cabbage
- Pak Choi
- Kohl Rabi
- Hardy Lettuce
- Spring Onion
- Japanese Onion
- Spring Cabbage
- Winter radish
What to plant………in August
- Winter Brassicas
- Kohl rabi
- Sprouting broccoli
Crops in season now
- Spring onions
- Broad Beans
- Kohl Rabi