Damson Cottage Garden

August week 1… Harvesting and sowing

Can you believe it’s August already! Where has this year gone? We spent the first week of August harvesting chillies, courgettes and beetroot.

How to grow beetroot

We make borscht with most of our beetroots РI love the deep purple soup which has a tang of vinegar and a big dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche on top Рyum! Beetroot are really easy to grow. I sow the beetroot seeds between April and June in trays of compost. Beetroot are happy in most soil conditions Рyou just need to make sure they have enough water to stop them becoming woody.

How to grow beetroot

As well as harvesting veg I have been sowing seeds to ensure we can keep harvesting veg well into Autumn. I sowed peas, sugar snaps, runner and climbing beans towards the start of this week Рwe will be crossing our fingers the peas and beans will arrive before the frost sets in. We may have to pick the pods young if it starts to get cold, but generally they taste better when little.

Sowing peas and beans in late July

I’m so excited about our tomatoes! The plants in our hanging basket seem to be producing loads of small tomatoes. I am feeding all of the tomatoes every other day and watering them every day.

Growing tomatoes in hanging baskets

I have been pinching out the side shoots on the tomato plants for the last couple of weeks. This means pinching the little stems that are emerging between each ‘branch’. This stops the plant’s energy going into foliage and puts it into the fruit.

How to pinch out tomatoes

My tomato plants have out-grown my plant tent. I have moved them next to the shed and supported them with string.

How to grow tomatoes

Let me know if you have any tips for growing great tomatoes! Jane

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