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Purple kohlrabi, ready to harvest

Vegetable seeds to sow in August

Discover some of our favourite vegetable crops to sow in August.

Growing your own vegetable crops from seed is cheap, easy and rewarding.

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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.

Japanese onions are bred to withstand winter cold, and now is the time to sow them.

Chicory

Chicory ready to harvest
Chicory ready to harvest

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.


Cabbages

Water droplets on a large cabbage
Water droplets on a large cabbage

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.


Chard

Yellow-stemmed Swiss chard
Yellow-stemmed Swiss chard

Sow your last crop of chard now, to provide a tasty autumn harvest. Also makes a colourful addition to borders.

Buy chard seeds from Crocus and why not pick up a trug or basket now so you’re all ready to harvest later in the year.


Japanese onions

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’.

Buy Japanese onion seeds from Crocus


Kohlrabi

Purple kohlrabi, ready to harvest
Purple kohlrabi, ready to harvest

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.

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