The Basics by Michael Kelly - August Sowing
There’s still some sowing left to be done before all the growth goes out of the year so this week I have been busy in the potting shed, and direct sowing in the small polytunnel. It’s great to back sowing seeds again. Getting a good crop of green leaves under way is particularly important in August to ensure a good supply right in to the winter months. I always ensure I get a sowing of oriental greens, claytonia (Miner’s lettuce – so called because it was valued by miner’s in south America for its vitamin C content) and chervil.
- Another tray of beetroot which I will plant out in to the polytunnel in the hope of getting a small crop before the end of October or in early spring
- A full module tray of lettuce for transplanting in to the tunnel
- Small module trays of claytonia, coriander, chervil and basil
- Direct sowing in the polytunnel of oriental greens (mustard red frills and mizuna)
- Direct sowing of chard, annual spinach and kale – all for use in salads
If you are lucky enough to have a polytunnel or greenhouse you could also try sowing French beans, baby turnips, perpetual spinach, spring cabbage.
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