Sunday, August 13, 2006

AUGUST IN THE GARDEN

Sorry! During vacation, I forgot August arrived, so here's your list of "to do's"!

AUGUST

Make some notes on what you need to add to next years garden while
you can see what's blooming!

Dig potatoes after the tops have died down.

Prune off those strawberry runners to keep your strawberry bed orderly.

Buy fall mums.

Water any newly planted shrubs and trees.

Stop pruning shrubs.

Water evergreens thoroughly during dry weather.

Sow forget-me-not seed. The make an attractive carpet planting
for tulip beds

This is also a good time to sow poppy seeds! August sown seed gives richer-colored flowers, so give that a try.

Cut off foliage of bleeding heart, which has probably become unsightly.

Apply fertilizer around peonies and scratch it into the soil. If you want to transplant or divide them, this would be the time.

Treat for Powdery Mildew. Try this recipe: 1 1/2 tablespoon baking soda, 1 gallon of water and 2-3 tablespoons of horticultural oil. Spray it on all the susceptable plants every other week or so.

Plant colchicum's and fall crocuses.

Order your bulbs if you haven't already!

Cuttings from English Ivy now will produce good house plants for
winter.

Are you remembering the lawn mower should be set at 2 1/2 to 3 inches to help the grass stay hydrated? Cutting the grass lower will be very stressful!

If you have an amaryllis outside, now would be the time to think about
bringing it inside.

Still time to sow lettuces and greens, carrots, beets and turnips (don't worry about how big they get...they ALL taste wonderful while still immature!) Then of course, there are radishes. Be sure to keep all of these well watered, also, a bit of mulch will keep the tender roots cool. As far as avoiding early frosts, a row cover will help there!

Get some netting over the blueberries! Remember the birds and small animals are great at crawling UNDER and THROUGH the netting. Try staking it so they can't reach the berries from the outside. If they get in, you'll live to regret it. Talk about a mess!!!

Have you got Hosta's? Are there slugs chewing them? Try this solution, if you haven't already.
Combine 9 parts water to 1 part common household amonia and spray it on the hosta just before dark. When the slugs hit this, they will dissolve!

Any questions about August?

4 Comments:

At August 14, 2006, Blogger Carol said...

What?! It's August already? Where has the summer gone?!

 
At August 14, 2006, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

I love it! :-)

 
At August 24, 2006, Anonymous tin388 said...

How'd I wish I can make use of this listing that you have. But sorry I can't. It may be summer at your end but at my end it's rainy season. Although, there are some tips that could be applicable for this season of ours. Thanks for the reminders!

 
At August 24, 2006, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Where are you located?
It's kind of fun to know where my readers live!

 

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