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Kitchen Garden

August 2020

Kitchen Garden Magazine - UK's No.1 for growing your own fruit and vegetables. KG also offers great monthly give-aways, special gardening offers, recipes, growing tips and much more.

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August in the kitchen garden is all about sowing to keep those harvests coming well into the autumn and beyond. So in this issue we have lots of great features explaining how you can keep your patch as packed and productive as it was in the spring. Allotment expert Rob Smith recommends his favourite winter radishes to add a punch to your cold season salads, while KG regular Ben Vanheems explains how to put together a herb bed to be proud of and that will supply your needs all year round. On page 46 I suggest some crops you might like to try, some familiar, some perhaps not quite so well known, but all great for sowing now for speedy harvests in late summer/autumn. This is a great time to sow winter…

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jobs for the month

10 MINUTE JOBS SUPPORT TALL BRASSICAS Use stakes knocked into the ground next to each plant to support tall brassicas like Brussels sprouts and sprouting broccoli. Tie string carefully so it doesn’t cut into growing stems. PICK AND USE BASIL Pinch out the top leaf clusters on stems when they are big enough to use. More leaves will grow on sideshoots lower down the stems. Nip out and discard any flower spikes that start to appear. SOW WINTER VARIETIES OF LETTUCE It may seem odd to sow winter varieties in August but plants sown now can grow through a cool autumn and into early winter. They tend to do better than late sowings of summer varieties. CHECK UNDER COURGETTE LEAVES Plants are trying hard to grow fruits filled with viable seeds and it is easy to miss a…

5 min.
on the veg patch

HOW TO STORE THE ONION CROP STEP 1: Use a fork to lift onions when they stop swelling and the tops start to brown and flop over. Discard any bulbs that are mouldy or soft. Spread the plants out to dry in the sun or in a covered airy place if the weather is wet. STEP 2: Make onion strings when bulbs are completely dry, but before tops are too brittle to bend. Start with a long loop of strong string and put one large onion at the base. Wind the necks of other onions between the strings in a figure of eight. STEP 3: Keep adding onions until you have enough on the string. Don’t put too much weight on or the string may break. Trim excess tops with scissors, and trim…

1 min.
do it now

DAMPEN BEAN FLOWERS Runner beans are in flower and will start to set pods this month. Spray the blossom lightly with a fine mist of water if the weather is dry. This dampens the pollen and helps improve pod set. PLANT STRAWBERRIES Get strawberry plants into the ground, or large pots, this month if you want to have fruit next year. Use runners from existing plants provided these are healthy and each young new plant is strong. POT ON SEEDLINGS Seedlings that have been sown and grown in the last few weeks may be crowded in pots at this stage. Pot them on so each one has room to grow if they aren’t ready to go out into a final planting position. CUT HEDGES Hedges grow fast and can soon shade the garden. Towards…

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what to do in august

Continue to prune vines under cover to reduce long new growth. If there is excessive foliage, you can also remove some leaves around the bunches of grapes. Plant leafy brassicas such as kale in the polytunnel to provide fresh greens over autumn and winter. There is still time to peg down and root some healthy runners from late-fruiting strawberry varieties. Keep harvesting salad and lettuce crops little and often, and as soon as one crop ends, re-sow or plant more. Sow crops such as beetroot, baby carrots, chard, spinach, salad onions etc. into plug trays to plant out in late September.…

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in the greenhouse

CUCUMBERS IN THE POLYTUNNEL August is a very productive month and crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and aubergines should now be in full swing. It’s a time when you can get a glut, which is often the case with cucumbers that grow very quickly and are continuously producing new flowers and fruits. Flowering to fruiting is only a matter of a few weeks in good growing conditions, so it’s important that you pick cucumbers regularly. If the fruits get too large and ripe, the plant will slow down and stop flowering. Even if you can’t eat them all, still harvest the fruits and either give them away or put them to good use in the kitchen to make cucumber pickles and relishes! PLANT MISTED TIP STRAWBERRY RUNNERS September is traditionally the planting…