Summer in the Kitchen Garden

Summer in the Kitchen Garden

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Rocket, lettuce and radish can still be sown now and will provide you with quick harvests of homegrown goodness. Each can be grown in pots and containers so space shouldn’t be an issue. Cut and come again lettuce leaves are simple and quick, mixed in with some rocket and a few radish thrown in will make a lovely salad on a warm day. The flavours of homegrown are always far better than shop bought.

August is a great month for harvesting. From sweetcorn to runner beans, main crop potatoes, salads and plenty of juicy fruit. Remember to think about how and where you will store your crops and what delicious recipes to cook with them. Generally they will need a cool dry place to ensure they are kept in good condition for as long as possible.

There is still time to plant out some winter vegetables. If you haven’t already found space for your brassicas such as cabbages, cauliflower, sprouts and broccoli, make sure you get them in place this month. Don’t forget caterpillars will be quite happy munching on them as well, so ensure they are covered in net to keep the cabbage white butterfly away. Check the undersides of the leaves regularly for signs of eggs.

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