Click here to print this page

Planning Retirement Online

 

The fruit and vegetable garden

August 2012

 

Vegetables

 

Previously in The Fruit & Vegetable Garden...

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

 


Fruit & Veg Garden Index

 
TomatoesAugust should really be the time to reap the rewards of your labours in the vegetable garden.


Broad beans may have finished, but have been supplanted by an excellent runner bean crop, which seems to have thrived with the wet weather, but do remember that runner beans are particularly thirsty, so continue to water well in dry spells.

The foliage of maincrop potatoes has now died down so the tubers will be lifted at the end of this month, left on the surface of the soil to dry the skins for a few days and then stored somewhere dry and cool in paper or hessian sacks.

Onions and shallots can be lifted when the foliage has died down and leave these to dry out for a few days as well before storage for winter use.

Carry on picking courgettes when around four to six inches long to prolong the cropping season and summer broccoli should be continually harvested to prevent the florets turning into flowers. All surpluses at this time of year can be stored or frozen for later use.

Sweetcorn should be watered if the weather is dry, particularly at flowering time; tap the tassels when fully developed to aid pollination and liquid feed when the cobs start to develop and the last sowing of carrots and swede can be made before the middle of the month for winter harvesting and brussels can be sown for sturdy plants next year.

Aubergine plants should be misted to aid pollination and fed with liquid tomato fertilizer when the fruits are developing; allow a maximum of six fruits per plant, remove any other flowers after this.

Continue to feed tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers once a week and water daily to maintain vigorous cropping in the greenhouse.


Fruit

ApplesPick early apples and pears and try to use them immediately as they will not keep. To test whether the fruit is ready, lift a fruit in the palm of your hand and, with the slightest twist, the fruit will part company from the tree if it is ripe. Never pull a fruit leaving the stalk on the tree or breaking off the spur. It may be necessary to support over-laden fruit tree branches to prevent them snapping, as this can lead to fungal infection in the wounds.

Summer raspberries have finished fruiting now, so cut the old canes down to ground level and tie in the new canes for next year. Autumn fruiting raspberries should now be ready to pick, so should compensate for the loss of the summer varieties!

When fruit bushes such as black and red currants and gooseberries have been picked, it is good practice to prune the bushes to remove dead or damaged wood and around a third of older wood. The aim of this pruning being to promote new, vigorous growth from the base and to keep the centre of the bushes open and light.

If you need new strawberry plants for next year then pot up some of the young plants produced on runners, if you don`t need the new plants then cut off the runners to maintain the plant`s strength. Try to clear away old runners and dead foliage from around the plants to prevent mildew on the developing fruit

Wasps can become a nuisance at this time of year so hang traps baited with beer or syrup amongst the trees to trap them.


Back to Gardener's Diary Index

 

 


 

    Keep in touch with everything happening in Laterlife Today!

    Subscribe to our free monthly email newsletters for the latest articles, offers and events. You can unsubscribe at any time should you want to.

 



Bookmark This
Share on Facebook Receive more like this

Tell us your gardening  experiences

Want to comment on this article or ask other laterlife visitors a question?

Then visit the comment section of the Later Lifestyle Network, click on the 'Discussion Tab' (you can't see this until you are logged in) and create a new topic or add your views to an existing one.  

feeling Good

Feeling Good

The above article is part of the features section of laterlife.com called laterlife interest. laterlife interest contains a variety of articles of interest for visitors to laterlife.com written by a number of experienced and new journalists.

It includes both one off articles and also associated regular columns of a more specialist nature such as Healthwise, Gardener's Diary, our regular IT question and answer section called YoucandoIT and there's also 'It could be you' by Maggi Stamp laterlife's counsellor on human relationships. 

Looking to the future

Looking to the future

Tell us about what you would like to see here on laterlife.com in the future or any changes you would like to see. Just email views@laterlife.com
 

Latest articles

To view the latest articles click on laterlife interest index. To search for articles about a certain topic, use the site search feature at the top right of the page.
 
Back to Laterlife Today

Visit our Pre-retirement Courses section here on laterlife or our dedicated Retirement Courses site

Bookmark


Advertise on laterlife.com



LaterLife Travel Insurance in Association with Avanti