Within the edible backyard
Harvest your bounty. Summer time greens are at their finest now. August is a time of abundance within the vegetable backyard, with bountiful crops of summer season squash, peppers, beans, and tomatoes ripening day by day in case your spring preparations are paying off and in case your watering practices have remained constant. All veggies style finest if eaten on the day they’re picked. Discover ways to choose every completely ripened vegetable for optimum taste by creating your personal private style take a look at. Harvest your whole summer season veggies ceaselessly to make sure continued manufacturing. Learn when to harvest common veggies here.
Be careful for pests and ailments. Monitor for powdery mildew amongst cucumbers and squashes, together with pumpkins, and proceed to test for pests or fungal issues within the tomato patch. Proceed to weed and monitor for aphids, slugs, and snails.
Seed fall and winter veggies. Towards the center of the month, start seeding onions, broccoli, kale, leeks, cauliflower, chard, Brussels sprouts, and winter lettuces indoors for planting out within the vegetable backyard in late September as soon as house has come out there. Make sure you clear up effectively after harvesting fully spent crops. Add wealthy, natural compost and an excellent natural fertilizer in preparation on your winter backyard. Learn more about prepping your veggie garden for fall here.
Take note of fruit timber. Proceed with a deep watering schedule on your fruit timber, and be particularly diligent throughout hotter spells. Prop up any overladen branches to stop limb breakage, and harvest ripe fruit earlier than any crows or blue jays beat you to it. Take away injured or broken branches, and clear up any downed fruit to avert insect infestations and stop potential fungal issues.
Within the decorative backyard
Fertilize annuals. Your summer-flowering window bins, hanging baskets, and patio containers can use extra fertilizer now to encourage steady blooms right through fall. Use a bloom formulation reminiscent of 0-10-10.
Divide bearded irises. August is a good time to divide your now semi-dormant, considerably crowded bearded irises. Rigorously dig up the entire clump of rhizomes, conserving as most of the roots as potential. Minimize away and discard the previous, leafless heart portion, retaining the wholesome finish sections of the rhizomes with leaves hooked up. Plant these with the tops just under the floor in wealthy, amended soil, and water the divisions in effectively. Learn more about dividing these and other irises here.
Choose flowers for preparations. Within the chopping backyard, proceed to select colourful summer season bloomers reminiscent of coreopsis (Coreopsis spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9), zinnias (Zinnia elegans cvs., annual), sunflowers (Helianthus spp. and cvs., Zones 4–9), dahlias (Dahlia spp. and cvs., Zones 7–11), cockscomb (Celosia argentea cvs., annual), and cosmos (Cosmos spp. and cvs., annual) for lovely summer season bouquets. Examine that the irrigation is enough for the warmer summer season days, and side-dress your chopping backyard with natural compost for a nutrient enhance. Proceed to take away any spent blooms or seedpods to ensure manufacturing of recent new buds and blooms right through September.
Preserve your vegetation wholesome. Look ahead to weeds, slugs, snails, and fungal issues, and deal with them accordingly.
—Fionuala Campion is the proprietor and supervisor of Cottage Gardens of Petaluma in Petaluma, California.
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