Growing your own vegetable crops from seed is cheap, easy and rewarding.
In August, it’s time to look ahead and start sowing the vegetables that will provide valuable winter harvests – as well as quicker crops for autumn pickings.
Discover five vegetable seeds to sow in August, below.
Hardy chicory can be sown from February to September, so continue sowing it in August and you should be able to make a harvest over winter. Start the seeds off in a propagator, before planting out in a sunny spot.
Chicory ready to harvest
Spring cabbages can be sown now outdoors, or indoors in modules. When planting out cabbages, don’t forget to provide them with some sort of protection from pigeons. Here are more winter veg crops to sow in August.
Water droplets on a large cabbage
Sow your last crop of chard now, to provide a tasty autumn harvest. Also makes a colourful addition to borders.
Yellow-stemmed Swiss chard
Japanese onions are bred to withstand winter cold and now is the time to sow them. Cultivars to sow and grow include ‘Senshyu’ and ‘Radar’.
Sow kohlrabi as soon as you can in August, for a late harvest in October. Both the leaves and swollen stems can be eaten – enjoy them roasted, stewed or raw.
Purple kohlrabi, ready to harvest