So, summer's slowly drawing to a close, but we've specially picked some fast-growing varieties so that you can squeeze the very last out of the summer sun. It's also a good time to start thinking about sowing some spring vegetables.

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What to plant in August

What to sow outdoors in August

  1. Cabbage (Spring)


    This bolt-resistant cabbage can be sown in early spring for medium sized cabbages and spring greens or later in the season for larger cabbages ready in the summer.

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  2. Carrots

    Autumn King

    Hardy carrots such as Autumn King can still be sown for an early crop next spring. Autumn King give a reliable crop of large carrots which store well.

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  3. Kale


    A good variety of kale to plant at this stage of the season due to its excellent hardiness and will offering up its dark red veined leaves throughout winter.

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  4. Lettuce

    All Year Round

    This very hardy lettuce can be sown all the way from early spring to autumn. It gives medium sized heads of lettuce with dense, crisp hearts.

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  5. Pak Choi


    This fast-growing oriental green is ready to harvest as baby leaves in just 30 days or wait 45-70 days for full size heads.

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  6. Potato (Late Maincrop)


    Second cropping potatoes don't require chitting, so get them in the ground and soon as they arrive and they'll be ready for the plate by Christmas.

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  7. Salad Leaves

    Speedy Mix

    This great mixture of quick-growing salad seeds give you a great variety of texture, colours and flavours that will be ready just 25 days after sowing.

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  8. Spinach


    An ideal variety for spring sowing due to its high resistance to mildew, this spinach will reliably produce a heavy crop of dark green, curvy leaves.

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  9. Spring Onion

    White Lisbon

    Always a favourite, this quick-growing salad onion can be sown regularly for continuous cropping all the way through spring, summer and autumn.

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  10. Swiss Chard

    Five Colour Silverbeet

    A plant as decorative as it is versatile with bright coloured edible stems in yellow, orange, red, green and pink with spinach-like dark green leaves.

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  11. Turnip


    This popular variety is perfect for harvesting as succulent, sweet baby turnips. The leaves can then also steamed as fresh greens.

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What to plant outdoors in August

  1. Garlic

    Albigensian Wight

    This is a popular variety of garlic as it grows to generous proportions and its excellent keeping qualities, storing well into the new year.

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  2. Mushrooms

    White Cap Button

    Mushrooms are grown from spawns rather than seed, but it is available all year round and is surprisingly simple to grow.

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  3. Radish

    Rainbow Mixed

    These tasty and attractive ball-shaped radishes grow in a variety of colours - red, white, purple, gold or white and red. They can be eaten in just 28 days.

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