August planting guide

When to Plant VegetablesFollowing on in our guides on what to plant and when to plant it, we have below our August planting guide.

NameActionGuide
CabbagesSow spring ranges at this point , not to mention transplant out any of the ones you've had under shelterThere is a wide variety of cabbages: some are suited for harvesting in spring, some summer and other for winter. Preferably, begin your plants in a seedbed or deep tray, when sowing separate them by about 10 to 15cm and put them down about 2.5cm.
As for your Fall/Winter harvest.If you have plants sown inside or under cover then you will want to transplant them when they are about 10cm tall and with three or four leaves. You want to sow them about 60cm apart.
CarrotsRoutinely sow your Carrots in a cycle so you can be certain that you will have an on going supplyGuide to growing Carrots
KaleBecause they will continue to shoot after the main crown is harvested you don't need to stagger your planting.Plant directly in the garden in rich soil. A high nitrogen content in the ground will improve the quality of the leaves so have a good organic mix in the soil. Plant the seed about 45cm apart and 1cm down in moist soil. Keep the soil moist until the seeds have germinated by covering with mulch.
LettucePreparing the groundBefore sowing you need to prepare the ground, you will need to break it up by forking it over, clear out any weeds, if the ground is dry add some good quality compost and rake it over gently. 
Routinely sow your seeds in a cycle to be certain that you have an on going yieldTo sow your Lettuce spread the seeds thinly along the bottom of your rows, these should be about 2cm deep. Put a light covering of compost over the seeds and water them.
RadishesRoutinely sow your seeds in a cycle to be certain that you have an on going yieldSummer sowings like a bit of light shade but you will still need to sow in a sunny spot. Sow the seeds about 2.5cm apart in shallow drills – only about 1cm deep, after sowing rake the soil lightly. When the seedlings start to appear you will need to thin them out and to stop them drying out they will need watering.
Spring onionsPreparing the groundA couple of months before sowing you will need to insure your ground is well-drained and fertile, if the soil is heavy you will need to dig in some organic matter, when it is time to sow the Onions tread the soil down firmly.
Sow these at this point for harvesting in OctoberFor planting in summer you will be using onion sets. For planting position the onions in rows and with the pointed end up place them about 10 to 15cm apart. Backfill the soil over the Onions but leave the necks just above the soil. Position your subsequent rows about 30cm apart.
TomatoesIf you have some ready to harvest - you can tell by squeezing them and if there’s a little give they’re readyGuide to growing Tomatoes

This will help you ensure that your garden keeps producing into the winter.

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