• Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

At the peak of summer, August is when we’d rather make the most of the holiday season or just relax in the garden, however there are still a few seeds that can be sown this month.
In particular I need to grow more lettuce and with the current rainy weather it’s not going to be to hard to grow the following seeds:
Lamb’s lettuce: I grew some lamb’s lettuce last year and I find that it is a useful lettuce to grow through the winter months. It is fairly resistant to cold weather and although right now you may have a lot of vegetables available from your garden, it’s good to have something for the colder bleaker months to come.

Radicchios: this is a variety of chicory with red leaves which can be mixed with other type of lettuces to add a bit of interest to any salad. It’s not to everybody’s taste but worth a try as a change.

Christmas potatoes: I am considering growing some Christmas potatoes because my current harvest of potatoes does not look as bountiful as last year. And I do enjoy having a large supply of home-grown potatoes which I store in a dark and cool area of my shed.
I will probably buy specific winter varieties from catalogue or online. Apparently you can plant these in containers or pots late August – early September.

Winter Pansies : in my experience pansies are not particularly difficult to grow but I find that the plants take a long time to get to a decent size so I may not grow any this year.
Sown right now pansies will be ready for the winter season and bring some colour through the darker months of winter.

Echium Pininana: I believe it’s one of Toby Buckland’s favourite choice when it comes to plants that are beneficial to insects.
I have never seen it in its most favourable environment, ie. The Canary Islands but it seems pretty impressive. Looking at my packet of seeds, it seems that late July/August is a good time to sow these seemingly exotic seeds.
With so many things to do this month I will need to keep an eye on the diary.

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    mrs lagrue 

    hello I have a masive back garden and nothing to do with it its that big i could park ten cars in it and i would like to start growning something healthy in it not just for some thing to do but for the healthy eating side of it to. I have 2 children that im sure would love to help me could you please give me a list on what seeds and what not i could start to sow at this time of year i have a garden center 15min walk away thank you very much. mrs lagrue

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