While we’re enjoying one of the hottest summers in years we thought it might be a good time to take a closer look at what’s happening in our gardens this August. Whether you’re an avid gardener or just potter about in your garden on the odd Saturday morning doesn’t matter; there’s always something to plant, to prune or to water. We’ll let you in on a little secret – if you do the basics right you needn’t invest all your time and still have a beautiful garden to enjoy year round.
The August to Do List
While parts of the country have experienced flooding it doesn’t mean that it’s safe to neglect watering your garden. Potted plants are especially vulnerable and need consistent watering (unless of course they’re drought-resistant, hardy plants like Euphorbias or Blue False Indigos).
Seasonal Gardening warns that bugs like white-fly and red spider mite can become a problem in greenhouses during August. The best strategy is to keep the environment humid, well ventilated and to have the right pesticides on hand (just in case).
Grab those Pruning Shears
Now is the time to prune your roses (to get that special second flush) as well as fruit trees, various climbers and shrubs. Before we get into detail about pruning it’s important to put safety first by wearing Gloves and even goggles or cover specs to protect your hands and eyes from thorns and stray branches.
Ben Lannoy has a great video demonstrating how to prune a Wisteria which is very useful when it comes to pruning climbers.
Seeds to Sow
According to The Gardener’s Calendar now is the time to sow seeds for:
|Mung Beans||Perennial Penstemon|
|Autumn Cabbage||Fairy Primrose|
Making sure that your plants have enough water, are properly pruned and that all of your seeds are planted will ensure a beautiful garden with plenty of flowers and vegetables in the months to come.