If October starts warm it can provide a nice breathing space, to catch up late harvesting, saving seeds and generally getting the garden ready for the winter.
The weather can be lovely in September, allowing us to carry on harvesting summer crops, which can make it difficult to pull them up and make room for winter ones! We may be able to put off thinking about winter, but one fact we can’t escape is the shortening days.
Three weeks after we planted the Hydroponicum, we’ve been picking (and not keeping up with) the lettuce, kale and mizuna for salads.
‘Second cropping’ potatoes are seed potatoes that have been stored at low temperatures to keep them dormant so that can be started into growth in summer rather than spring.
Believe it or not, there are still plenty of seeds you can sow in August, for harvests from late summer through until the autumn.
If we’ve played our cards right, then July is one of the best months in the kitchen garden.