You’ve still got time to plant some veg, says Bob
YOU might be fooled into thinking that because spring is long gone, it’s too late to start most crops, but with luck we have three months of good growing weather before the cold of autumn slows plant growth. So although you may think it’s too late, you have just enough time to grow and harvest almost any vegetable you fancy, providing you act now and sow or plant straight away.
Of course, this assumes you’ve got any room left, as by now you might have filled up your plot. Fortunately, the first crops will be harvested soon, thus freeing up vital space: broad beans, new potatoes, garlic, shallots and onions are near ready to start with. As each is removed, you then grow another crop in their place. Move quickly, though, because your choice narrows in a few weeks. By this time next month, the only crops worth sowing to eat this year will be various radishes, turnips, pak choi, mustards, spinach and salad leaves.
Right now, you can sow all those, plus mildew-resistant peas, French beans, swedes, beetroot, kohlrabi, Florence fennel, parsley and many herbs, and you can seriously expect a crop. Even if you have no spare ground, you can sow batches of these in cells and small pots, ready to move out as spaces are cleared.
You can also buy in plug plants or larger sizes of vegetables to plant now
“Move fast – your choice will narrow in a few weeks”
or pot up for later. Amazingly, it’s still worth planting sets of early potato varieties, although to be fair, you’ll need luck to avoid blight. You know, you can even put out pot-grown tomatoes, courgettes, marrows, ridge cucumbers, squash, sweetcorn, runner beans, climbing beans, leeks and certain cabbages. So what are you waiting for?
Planting out pot-grown plants such as squash can help you beat the clock before autumn Sow now and you can still enjoy a generous beetroot harvest