Sowing And Growing Late Vegetables

In midsummer, you can harvest your own vegetables in abundance. The free areas can be used well for planting late vegetables. In this article, you will find out which varieties are particularly suitable due to their rapid growth.


  • Traditionally, Chinese cabbage is sown as a follow-up crop at the end of July. Alternatively, you can buy small seedlings from the nursery and transplant them into the bed in August.
  • Pak Choi is becoming increasingly popular in the kitchen. Sown at the beginning of August, the tender heads are already ready to harvest at the end of September.
  • Kale lovers cultivate tender-leaved varieties as baby-leaf vegetables. Sow the cabbage quite densely in rows 15 centimeters apart. You can harvest the young leaves continuously and enjoy them raw in a salad or briefly steamed.


If you prefer fennel in pots on the terrace, you can transplant the vegetables into the bed as a follow-up crop until mid-August. Here it grows quickly and is mature by the beginning of October at the latest.


The tasty tubers even tolerate light frost. Thinly sown in rows, the plants are ready to harvest after just seven to eight weeks.

Lettuce and spinach

  • You can sow spinach for the autumn harvest until the beginning of September. Since the weather conditions in autumn are somewhat wetter, you should use mildew-resistant late varieties.
  • Endive salad is a classic fall salad. You can get pre-grown plants from the nursery and bring them into the bed as an after-culture.
  • Now it’s time for the popular lamb’s lettuce. Sown in mid to late August, you can harvest as early as September.
  • It’s never too late for Mangold. Sow this in August, and cut the leaves with the brightly colored stems as baby leaves. Briefly steamed, it is an extremely aromatic and healthy treat. If you give the Swiss chard winter protection in late autumn, it survives the cold well and can even be cultivated as a biennial.
  • Winter purslane is absolutely undemanding. Like winter cress and wild rocket, it only germinates well at low temperatures.

Pay attention to the crop rotation

When reseeding, you should not ignore crop rotation. Heavy eaters should now be followed by weak or medium eaters. Also, avoid vegetables of the same plant family in the subsequent crop.

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Written by John Myers

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