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The Vegetable Garden in August


Like last month, keep on the top of the weeds with regular hoeing.

Water and top dress the vegetable beds with a general fertiliser as necessary.

Consider sowing Green manure crops in areas where previous crops have been harvested.

Note: As with most advice on gardening the advisors location will often influence the content of the advice.

To alleviate this problem I have produced this chart indicating how you can make adjustments to the timing of events as seen in this website.

I hope you find this useful! .......Tg

Week 31 - 29th Jul. to 4th Aug.

Keep Courgettes and Marrows well watered and fed.

If ready, lift Spring Onions as required.

If not done previously, sow a few Parsley seeds in pots to be grown for use in the kitchen during the winter.

Prepare beds after harvesting a previous crop and sow some quick growing salad crops.

Week 32 - 5th Aug. to 11th Aug.

Give Jerusalem Artichoke plants a good soaking and apply a Liquid feed.

Check Sweet Corn plants regularly and harvest the cobs as they ripen.

Feed Onions.

Lift Japanese Onions sown the previous year.

Consider planting some Potatoes for harvesting around Christmas.

Week 33 - 12th Aug. to 18th Aug.

Plant out Sprouting Broccoli.

Remove growing tip from Outdoor Tomatoes.

Week 34 - 19th Aug. to 25th Aug.

Sow some hardy Corn salad (Lamb's lettuce)and Cress if required.

Week 35 - 26th Aug. to 1st Sept.

Make a late sowing of hardy maincrop Turnip.

Plant out Thyme.

Continue cutting heads of Calabrese to encourage secondary heads (spears).