I cannot believe it is August… ALREADY! It’ll soon be Christmas!
However, I love this time of year and there is certainly enough to keep us busy in the gardens.
Firstly, keep keep-deadheading flowers. Whether it be your summer annuals or your perennials, the more you remove any spent flowers, the more they will flower and flourish. By removing the dead heads, you stop the plant using food and energy to produce seeds and encourages it to flower more for longer.
Keeping on top of the water is more essential than ever now that temperatures are rising and the days are longer. It is best to water first thing on a morning and last thing on a night – these are the coolest parts of the day meaning the water is less likely to evaporate, burn the leaves and the plants will drink as much as possible without any water loss. Be water wise.
If you are interested in collecting seeds from your garden, then now is the time. Spring and early summer perennials and bedding plants of which the flower heads were not removed, the seeds can be collected – plants such as poppies and foxgloves are the perfect examples. Make sure all seed pots are crisp and brown though as when they are still fleshy and green; the seeds are not fully developed. You can either store them in a cool, dry, dark place or scatter directly in the garden to grow next year.
Use green manures this time of year to give your garden an extra boost for late summer/ autumn. Days are longer and hotter this time of year and most plants begin to look a little tired around August but with a good dead head and titivation along with some added manure of fertilizer and a good water, they will be looking great again in no time.
More quick tips:
- Lift and pot any rooted strawberry runners – Free Plants!
- Now is a good time to prune Wisteria
- Keep water features and ponds topped
- Harvest any vegetables that are ripe and ready to avoid them spoiling or going stringy
Most of all enjoy the garden, the outdoors and being surrounded by the sound of nature. There is nothing better than fresh air, the sound of birds and the smell of freshly cut grass!