A bunch of turnips freshly pulled up

Winter veg crops to sow in August

Harvest through winter and early spring by sowing in August, with help from our practical guide.

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 a winter planting vegetable 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.

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