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What to plant in August
As summer continues, both planting and seed sowing slow down in the productive garden. Most biennials should have already been sown but, I’d still give foxgloves and verbascums a go; both will grow quickly in the cooling months to come.
However, now is a good time to sow autumn and winter salads and leaves, so that they reach a substantial size before the days become short. Good cultivars include lettuces ‘Winter Density’ and ‘Winter Gem’, grown alongside mustard ‘Red Frills’, rocket and the very hardy lamb’s lettuce ‘Favor’. I also like to do a sowing of beetroot, where the hardy earthy leaves make great additions to salads.
Given a little protection (fleece or polythene tunnel) they will all happily crop through autumn and winter and into early spring. Oriental brassicas and perpetual spinach are other plants that will enjoy the months to come, where day length and temperature make them less likely to bolt.
Chinese cabbage, pak choi, mibuna and mizuna are worth sowing now, though will appreciate a slightly shady spot if temperatures remain hot.
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