What to sow

Cabbages – early spring varieties

Pak choi

What to plant out

Pak choi

Other jobs on the plot

Prune apricot, peach and nectarine trees in August, straight after fruiting, themain aim being to remove diseased or damaged branches/twigs, any that are crossing and rubbing each other, and to improve the shape of the tree. They can also be trained, by a combination of pruning and tying to canes/wires, to a fan shape against a wall.

This is also the month for the main pruning of cherry trees.

Summer-fruiting raspberry varieties should be pruned after all the fruits have been gathered. Cut canes that fruited down to ground level but leave about six young canes per plant to grow on and fruit next year.

Check all winter squashes (pumpkins, butternuts etc.) and limit the number of developing fruits to 4-6 per plant.

Lift onions and dry them in the sun for a week or two before storage. The easiest method is to lay them in trays, clean seed trays will do, and leave them outdoors, bringing them inside if rain threatens.

Fresh from the plot

Apples

Apricots

Artichoke, globe

Aubergine

Beetroot

Broccoli – calabrese

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Cherries

Chinese cabbage

Courgettes

Cucumber

Currants – black

Figs

Florence fennel

French beans

Garlic

Grapes

Lettuce

Melon

Onions

Pak choi

Peaches, nectarines

Pears

Peas

Pepper – chilli, capsicum

Plums

Potatoes

Pumpkins/squashes

Radish

Raspberries

Runner beans

Spinach, chard

Strawberries

Tomatoes

Turnips

What to store or process

Apricots

Aubergine

Cauliflower (make piccalilli – see our recipe in Fruits and Vegetables, page XX)

Celery

Courgettes

French beans

Garlic

Peaches, nectarines

Peas

Runner beans

Strawberries