BOB FLOWERDEW

You’ve still got time to plant some veg, says Bob

Amateur Gardening - - Contents -

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

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