August Gardening Blog
Here we are in August! We hope everyone is enjoying their Summer, doing lots of gardening and spending time your loved ones. This Summer has been very warm and very dry, so please be mindful when you are outside; drink plenty of water, make sure your bird feeders are topped up with water, and your plants have enough water too (without drowning them!).
- * Deadhead your dahlias and other perennials to allow for constant display of blooms
- * Make sure to keep your rhododendrons and camellias are well watered through the late summer while the buds are blossoming
- * Once the flowering of the lavender is over, trim the plant to maintain a nice shape, and do not cut into old wood.
- * Prune your roses! Remove up to a third of the stem that have flowered. Make sure to tie stems to supports if needed.
- * Regularly deadhead and water your hanging baskets to keep them flowering. Also, every fortnight adds some tomato feed to your baskets.
- * It is time to plant your autumn bulbs! You can plant them in any space you like in your garden like borders and pots!
FRUIT & VEG
* Your tomatoes and potatoes can get blight on them so make sure to be wary and remove any affected plants to prevent spread.
* If you have any apple trees prune them to allow for good fruiting in years to come
* Consider putting up fleece or netting on your fruit trees to protect them from birds.
*Not used up all your herbs? Harvest fresh herbs to freeze in ice cubes for winter or dry them by hanging them up and then store them in jars.
*Water your produce regularly, especially during the hot weather
*Plant your flowering bulbs into pots indoors for the autumn and winter colour
*Make sure to get rid of any pests and diseases on greenhouse plants
*Harvest any tomatoes, cucumbers, and chillies regularly, this allows for more produce to grow
*Any delicate plants that are directly in the sun, move them into the shade, especially on hot sunny days.
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