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The Importance of July and August Sown Vegetables

july august sown vegetables black and white newspaper cutting

 

In 2014 we no longer sell Dandelions as we doubt there’s much demand however we do supply the other vegetable seeds featured in the below article taken from the 1918 guide to Food Production in The Garden.

Food Supplies All the Year Round

Simply click on your choice of those listed below and you’ll be whisked straight to the details on our website:

Dwarf French Beans Corn Salad Potatoes Beet
Cress Cos Lettuce Radish Cabbage
Onion Spinach Carrot Endive
Parsley Turnip Cauliflower Kohl Rabi
Peas

Text extract from the 1918 Guide to Food Production from Suttons:

With the ever-growing need for increased home-production of foo the great importance of sowing Vegetable seeds in July and August is becoming more fully realised. In many gardens where sowing is restricted to the spring season, large plots of ground are often allowed to remain unoccupied for several months after the removal of early crops, with the consequent loss of much valuable produce.

For several years past we have urged the desirability of sowing in July and August as a means of extending the supply of many Vegetables and Salads through the autumn and early winter, and in order to demonstrate the practicability of our recommendations, and to show how quickly food crops can be raised, sowings have been made at our Experimental Grounds, Reading, during the months named.

Extremely successful results have been achieved, many varieties being quite ready for the table within seven weeks from the date sowing seed. Some idea of the excellence of the produce may be gathered from the illustration reproduced above, which shows a portion of our Exhibit of Vegetables grown from seeds sown in the open ground on July 15, 1918, and from Potatoes (old tubers) planted on the same date, and staged at the Royal Horticultural Societies Meeting on September 24. For this comprehensive collection we were awarded a Silver-Gilt Knightian medal. A similar Exhibit of Vegetables grown in 1915, from seeds sown July 29 to August 3, and staged by us on October 26, was awarded a Silver-Gilt Knightian Medal by the Society for its educational value.

The Secret of Success lies in sowing only early-maturing varieties and in thinning out the plants immediately they appear (instead of transplanting), so that they receive no check in growth. Under this system Cabbages were fit for cutting in October, which, if transplanted, would not have been ready before March or April.

The Importance of July and August Sown Vegetables

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Our Suttons Blog comes from Lis Wallace, Head of Customer Service here at Suttons since 2002. Living on the edge of Dartmoor Lis has a large and “somewhat tricky” garden split across several levels but with the bonus of a stream tumbling through and a large, fertile veg patch. Across the blog Lis will share some of the knowledge she has gained over the years from her father, from working at Suttons and also from her own trial and error. Storm the Jack Russell is bound to chip in now and then. That’s what terriers do!

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