Week 17 - 7 Vegetables you can sow in late July/Aug
7 veg to sow in late summer
1. Root crops
2. Swiss chard & leaf beet
These leafy vegetables come into their own late in the season and in mild areas or with some protection will crop through the winter. Even after a hard winter they will often regrow in the spring for an early crop of fresh greens.
3. Oriental vegetables
4. Salad crops
Keep sowing small amounts of lettuce seeds every few days although by late august you need to remember to sow winter varieties. You can also still sow rocket, radishes, cress, spring onions and lambs lettuce.
OK - I have to admit to never having grown fennel as none of us like its aniseed taste but if you are a fan you can sow it now.
|Fennel bulb - image from Pixabay|
6. Spring Cabbage
Sowing spring cabbage seeds from late July for transplanting in the autumn will give you fresh greens in the spring when little else is cropping. Transplant the seedling to just 10cm apart you can harvest every other one as soon as they are big enough to eat as spring greens allowing the remaining ones to heart up as spring cabbages.
7. Seedlings to Transplant in July and August
You can cheat a bit too and buy seedlings to transplant - suitable vegetables for planting out in late July and August include French beans, leeks, cauliflowers and winter cabbages (July only for the latter). If you are buying them in pots remember to check that they are not root bound and do not buy if they look weak, yellowed or diseased.
It is worth pointing out too, that if you have a polytunnel you can sow all these seeds under cover just a bit later to crop even further into this year and next.
Do you know any other seeds you can sow in late July/early August?