Gardening tips for August
Pests are often a problem in August - take action at first signs, whichever way gives you the best results. Total “invasion” doesn’t take long. Autumn flowering bulbs such as colchicum, nerine, amaryllis, hardy cyclamen and Autumn crocus can be planted now. They should be in all good Garden Centres. Cut back rambler roses after flowering, down to new, low shoots. Deadhead all roses. If you haven’t done so already give them their last feed. “Disbud” dahlias and chrysanthemum for larger blooms and stake if necessary. Trim lavender. As last month, keep deadheading faded blooms of tubs and baskets it really does “pay off” and prolongs flowering. Feed them if necessary and water regularly - it’s been so dry despite the forecast of showers.
Lawns hardly need mowing, but if they do resist cutting them too short. Picking of your home grown vegs will be happening - delish. “Stop” tomato plants to give fruits a chance to ripen by cutting off the growing tip. Make sure tomatoes, cucumbers and runner beans never go short of water and feed regularly. Harvest onions once tops have died back. Sow winter lettuce, spring cabbage and winter spinach.
I hope you are thinking about what flowers and vegs you are going to enter in our Show on 3 September. Don’t forget our Store is open every Sunday morning 9.30-10.30.
So, lots to do, but at your own pace and find time to sit and enjoy a cuppa or something stronger. If you are going on holiday - enjoy.
Reminder - BIRDS !