August planting and harvesting guide

August - the harvesting season in celebration

This is a glorious month to enjoy the ripening fruit and veg that you’ve been growing this year, as well as a good time to start thinking about what you might want to plant now to last over winter.

August can also be one of the driest months of the year - combined with a lot of sun this can pose a danger to your plants. Make sure you feed and water regularly to avoid splitting fruit and keeping everything as happy as possible. 

Below is our straightforward guide to which fruit and veg you can plant in August, as well as which will be ready to harvest if you’re already growing.

For instructions and advice on how to grow fruit and veg in containers and small spaces, read our guide.


Green summer veg

Sow outside directly into soil (containers, beds and borders will all work, whether in a garden or on a balcony). Note: if you’ve already sown these indoors and they’ve sprouted, it’ll be time to move them outside providing the weather is good.

  • Lettuces
  • Rocket
  • Brussels sprouts (for a spring harvest)
  • Cabbages (for a spring harvest)
  • Cauliflowers (for a spring harvest)
  • Onions
  • Broccoli (for a spring harvest)
  • Carrots
  • Beetroot
  • Carrots (late varieties)
  • Turnips (late varieties)

Take a look at our guide to growing fruit at home to find out more.

Ready to harvest

summer fruit harvest

If you already have crops growing, or if you’re just interested to know what’s in season, the fruit and veg usually ready to harvest in August are:

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Blackberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Blueberries
  • Figs
  • Melons
  • Peaches 
  • Pears
  • Nectarines
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Aubergines
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbages
  • Carrots
  • Chillies
  • Courgettes
  • Cucumbers
  • French and broad beans
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Lettuces
  • Marrows
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Pak Choi
  • Peppers
  • Shallots
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Summer squash
  • Sweetcorn
  • Turnips

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