By sowing in August, you can keep crops coming through winter and early spring - known as the 'hungry gap' - until next year's main harvest. Fresh vegetables are even more welcome in winter than summer, providing green to alleviate the grey. Slot them into a plot that's already producing regular summer meals. Time is of the essence: if you leave sowing until September, the plants will be too small to survive the winter.
Here's our pick of crops to sow in August.