Here’s a quick list of what needs to get done in your garden in August:
- Keep watering and weeding.
- Harvest regularly to keep plants producing well.
- Deadhead herbs such as basil regularly to keep them productive.
- Check plants regularly for signs of pest or diseases.
- At least once this month, feed your vegetable plants with a foliar feed of fish emulsion.
- Plant transplants for fall crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, and kale.
- Direct-sow quick-growing fall crops, such as mesclun, spinach, turnips, small carrots, radishes, and kale.
- Keep deadheading to keep plants looking their best.
- Water regularly.
- Fertilize once a week with a diluted (1/4 strength) solution of fish emulsion.
- If summer annuals are looking tired, consider replacing them.
- Regular maintenance, such as staking and deadheading, will keep your perennials looking their best.
- If perennials are overgrown, you can start digging and dividing them this month, and into autumn.
- If you’re growing tall plants, such as dahlias, stake them as needed.
Trees and Shrubs
- Prune any summer-blooming shrubs this month.
- Trees and shrubs will need an inch of water per week to stay healthy, either from rain or from the hose.