August: Miles Ferrante

Sow:

  • Lettuce.
  • Short carrots.
  • Radish.
  • Spinach.
  • Spring onions.
  • Chard.

Vegetables:

  • Weed around plants.
  • Take off side shoots off tomatoes and remove yellow leaves.
  • Blanch leeks and celery.
  • Ripen onions by bending leaves just above neck of each plant.
  • If you cut broad beans to 3 shoots they will grow again and you will have a few extra beans.
  • Feed winter cabbages with a nitrogen feed.
  • Harvest cauliflowers, wrap in cling film and they will last longer in fridge.
  • Pick courgettes by twisting them off. Make sure yo pick them regularly or they will stop fruiting.
  • Pick cucumbers by cutting with a sharp knife.
  • Pick runner beans young, taste better and not stringy.
  • Pick French beans when they snap easily.
  • Be aware that early maturing leeks may not last over winter.
  • If you want to store potatoes, cut the tops off and leave in ground for 10 days, then lift.
  • Feed calabrese after cutting, it helps sideshoots develop.
Fruit:
  • Prune simmer fruiting Raspberries.
  • Prune stone fruits such as plums, peaches, etc.  If you prune these in winter they will get silver leaf which can kill the tree.
  • Summer prune apples and pears.
  • Pot on strawberry runners.
Pests and diseases:
  • Damp down greenhouse to avoid red spider mite.