What to plant in spring

2016-09-21 06:00
 Vegetables you can grow in summer include beetroot, broccoli, chilli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green pepper, leeks, lettuce, melon, onion and parsley.

Vegetables you can grow in summer include beetroot, broccoli, chilli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, green pepper, leeks, lettuce, melon, onion and parsley.

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HERE is a proven list of popular vegetables that can be sown in the garden or in pots in from mid-August to the end of October.

Salad vegetables

Tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, sprouts, radish.

For lettuce choose a spot that gets afternoon shade or dappled sunshine because full sun in summer is too hot and the lettuce will quickly go to seed.

Vegetables for small gardens

Spinach, beetroot, lettuce, bush beans, eggplant, chillies, summer cabbage and leeks. All these are compact growing vegetables and veggies like lettuce, beetroot and spinach can be used as borders. Chillies also make beautiful pot plants.

Vegetables in pots

Tomatoes can be a bit overwhelming for a garden bed but you can plant a tomato bush in a large pot (about 20 litre) and train it up a trellis or pyramid.

To contain its growth pinch off the growing tips when it reaches the desired size Other runner plants like peas and beans can also be planted in pots and supported on a frame. Try chillies and eggplant in pots as well.

Vegetables for large gardens

If you are lucky enough to have plenty of space, grow the rambling types of vegetables like squash, patty pans, cucumber, and watermelon.

Vegetable growing tips

Like herbs, vegetables do best if grown in a sunny position. Prepare the beds by digging them over well and mixing in compost. Growing vegetables from seed is cheaper than buying seedlings.

Keep the soil moist during germination and thin out the seedlings when they are big enough to handle. For a good crop fertilise with a balanced organic fertiliser two weeks after germination and at monthly intervals after that.

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