What to do in your garden in August

Guest post by Erin aka @hortihunny

We normally get some of our best weather in August meaning there are plenty of opportunities to sit back and enjoy the results of your hard work earlier in the year. Vegetables should be ready for harvest, flowers should be looking their best and we can start planning our autumnal and spring blooms.               

  1. Harvest Fruit and Vegetables from the garden

August is one of the busiest months for harvesting in the garden. Collect veg such as carrots, runner beans, beetroot, broccoli, cucumbers, courgettes, potatoes (early and maincrop), lettuce, spinach, sweetcorn, onions

  1. Cut flower garden

Keep picking cut flowers to encourage more blooms for posies in your house/to give to friends and family. With these flowers, the more you cut, the more they grow! Continue deadheading flowers to ensure they look lovely, promote new growth, and encourage more blooms

  1. Sow vegetable seeds/seedlings for crops in autumn and winter

Spinach, chard, beetroot, salad mixes, radishes, pak choi, cabbages and turnips. Sow flower seeds for early flowering next year. Feverfew, cornflower, calendula, forget me not, sweet william, wallflower, viola, pansies.                                                                         

  1. Tomatoes galore!

Continue pinching out tomatoes for more fruit. Tie the bushes up if needed to keep them nice and strong. Water them regularly and feed them. If you have too many tomatoes, make chutneys or roast them with garlic and pop them in the freezer for a handy and quick pasta sauce!                                                             

  1. Watering

Don’t neglect your plants, especially in dry spells! Keep an eye on containers as they dry out quickly. If you’re going away, give your plants a good watering before you go and ask friends/family to water them if needed. (Always a bonus if you can use grey water/recycled rainwater!)                                                                     

  1. Trimming hedges

Privet, box, beech, and yew hedges can be trimmed to keep them tidy. Always remember to check for nesting birds before you get going! If there is sign of birds, hold off until they’ve flown.                                                                   

  1. Collect seeds from this year’s plants

Seed collecting is a cost effective and sustainable way to gather seeds to plant for next year. Collect on a dry day whenever possible as this helps to prevent them rotting. Store in a cool dark place in paper packaging (try to re-use old paper envelopes or paper bags). If you want to try this, @the_carol_klein has fantastic guides for collecting seeds.                                       

  1. Propagate/take cuttings of your favourite plants

Snip the top few centimetres of new growth from plants. Take off the bottom few leaves and push into a pot of moist, gritty compost. Water well and put in a sunny spot              

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