What To Sow In August | 7 easy to grow crops (2019)
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What To Sow In August | 7 easy to grow crops (2019)

Hello I’m in Liz Zoraqb and this is Byther Farm and today we’re going to look at some of the seeds that you can sow in
August. The good news is is not too late to sow seeds now to still be able to get
a harvest this year and here’s some of the things that I’m planting right now. So this morning I cleared the area where
the peas had been, cleared a lot of weeds away and then I use my rake to create a
wide strip and then I’ve sown Nantes carrots. I’ve broad sown them, so I’ve sprinkled them right across rather than in
straight lines and hopefully we shall get a nice carrot crop before the
end of the year. Carrot seeds don’t germinate well if they dry out. I’m going
to give them a good water and then pop some green netting over the top of them,
actually lying on the ground, to try and reduce the evaporation over the next few
days while the seeds start germinating. This piece of netting is far from
perfect. Out a choice I would have a really nice wide boards down there, but I
don’t have any. And I can reuse this time and time again. So that’s what I’m doing! You can also sow lettuce, choose a non-hearting variety of lettuce, so something
with a loose leaf like an oak leaf or a lollo rosso. These are ready to go in the
ground now, but I’m going to sow some more for succession harvesting of them. And I’m also going to sow some chard.
This one’s a five color chard. I really like chard as baby leaves in a
salad, I’m not a huge fan of the leaves as they get bigger, but I do really like
the stem. So I cut the leaf off, give that to the birds and then I use the stems
roasted which I really like. So in the oven, roasted with a bit of garlic
and salt and pepper, mmm love them. But they can go in now. I’m gonna start some seeds off in the polytunnel, but when I came in I have
noticed that we have visitors and not just visitors, we’ve got invaders! And they’re munching their way through
vast quantities of kale in here. So first thing I need to do is get the kale out.
I’m not going to get rid of these caterpillars, I’m going to take them with
me. They can have the kale, but they can have it on the compost heap. It’s surprising how much damage they can do in such a short space of time,
completely stripping leaves, seemingly overnight. Now I noticed these yesterday
and I would guess they’ve been here for a few days because they’ve got quite big,
So they’re not tiny caterpillars, they have been here for a few days, I haven’t
noticed them, but I’m more than happy for them to have this kale as long as they
have it outside. And it’s also the perfect time to start sewing pak choi. So it’s really good, this can be sown during August and September. Pak choi is really
fast growing so you can be harvesting this as a sort of cut and come again leaf, in about 4 to 5 weeks. I’m also going to start sowing spring
cabbages, so this one is a variety called Wintergreen and so this will get
planted now, it’ll get transplanted in September and we’ll be harvesting this
in April and May during that hungry gap. There are quite a few kales that you can sow
now. So I’ve chosen a really pretty pinky purple one and I’m going to
harvest the leaves when they’re very young put them in salads because I think
that will add a really nice color to our salad mix. I’m also gonna make
another sowing of a sixty-day broccoli so broccoli raab. As yet I haven’t had an
enormous success with these but I’m gonna try again because I’m determined
that I’m gonna have some of this broccoli to eat. What’s happening so far
is it’s gone in and I haven’t watered it enough and it’s gone to seed before it’s
had a chance to develop fully. So it’s going to seed it three or four inches
high. I’m going to give it another go.

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