August can be one of the hottest month’s of the year (if we’re lucky!) so it’s important not to keep your eye on the ball in the garden this month.
Not to mention that August is holiday time for many, so if you’re taking time out this month, you may need to enlist the help of friends and family to stay on top of this month’s gardening jobs. Read on to find out what to do in the garden in August.
What to do in the garden this month
Deadhead flowering plants regularly
While your flowers are in bloom during the summer months, it’s essential to prune the deadheads regularly to encourage new growth.
Stay on top of watering
As potentially one of the hottest months of the year, it’s important to water your garden plants regularly during periods of high temperatures and low rainfall.
Harvest Onions & Garlic
Mid-summer is garlic and onion harvesting time. When the bottom leaves of garlic start to yellow pull the plant. Braid soft neck garlic varieties while the leaves are still supple.
When onion tops start to flop over harvest the bulbs. Bundle garlic braids and groups of onion bulbs with VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties and hang them in a dark, airy location to dry.
Cut lavender, bay, summer savoury, dill and rosemary stems to dry. Bundle the herbs together with VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties and attach them to boards or bricks in a garage, shed or airy basement with VELCRO® Brand Heavy Duty Fasteners.
Make Summer Flower Bouquets
Summer is a great time to cut flowers and make indoor bouquets. Harvest flower stems in the morning as the blooms open. Remove the bottom leaves, re-cut the stems underwater and bundle the stems together with VELCRO® Brand Garden Ties. The ties hold the bouquet stems together making them stand up better in the vase.
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