There are plenty of jobs to keep you busy in the garden in August. If you’ve decided to spend some time away enjoying a holiday, you’ll need to get some help or start planning. August is also a great time to prepare your vegetable patch for some autumn vegetables and sow seeds for next spring. The weather in the UK has been a little freaky so far which means you’re going to need to put in a little more effort if you want to keep your garden looking good.
Hopefully, you’re not suffering with a watering ban and are able to freely water your garden where needed. You should water any new plantings first, remembering to water deeply and not too often. This will encourage roots to grow down into the soil rather than staying near the surface. The evening is the best time to water because evaporation will be minimal.
Look Out for Powdery Mildew
A problem for your garden when your plants are allowed to dry out is powdery mildew. It is known to prey on stressed plants. Chemical sprays are available to combat the problem, but deep watering should help. Tomatoes, aubergines and courgettes often suffer with blossom-end rot and again this can be combatted with consistent watering.
If you want to prolong flowering, you should introduce a regular system of deadheading into your garden. It doesn’t have to take hours, particularly if you do it every day. Nip the heads out while you’re watering to save time.
Plant Your Winter Veg
August in the best time to plant hardy vegetables. Broccoli, cabbage and Brussel sprouts planted now will be ready for Christmas and can be harvested throughout the winter months. Cultivate the soil first and ensure it is free-draining.
Take Care of Fruit Trees
Many of your fruit trees should be ready to harvest in August. Cherries, peaches, nectarines and apricots that have been trained can also be pruned when the fruits have been harvested. Pruning them correctly will mean they regain their strength ready to fruit again next year.
Trim Your Hedges
In just a few weeks your hedging will stop growing, so now is the best time to give them a prune. Any nesting birds will have flown away by now, so you won’t need to worry about disturbing them. Late summer-flowering shrubs and wisteria can also be pruned in August.
There’s plenty to keep you busy in August, but if you haven’t got the time Garden Club London will be able to help.