Here’s What You Can Prepare In Your Garden This August
Need ideas for the garden? Here’s what you can start planting and prepping in August:
- Keep new plants well watered: a thorough drenching is better than little and often.
- Give wooden garden furniture a teak oil treatment – it will lengthen its life.
- Remember to deadhead flowering plants regularly. Regular deadheading directs energy into stronger growth and more flowers. Once the flowers are pollinated; seed heads, pods or capsules form at the expense of further growth and flower development.
- Collect seed from garden plants. Seed can be saved from many trees, shrubs, perennials, aquatic plants, alpines, annuals, biennials, bulbous plants, ornamental grasses vegetables and herbs.
- Continue cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries.
- Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners. A bed of strawberries usually lasts up to four years if planted into well-drained, fertile soil free from troublesome weeds. To avoid disease build-up, choose a different plot and replant strawberries every three years. Strawberries will tolerate shade, but will thrive in sunshine, and they prefer a slightly acidic soil.
- Make drought-proof containers that thrive on neglect: houseleeks! Simply leave to flourish while you’re away on holiday.
- Revive flagging plants with a diluted seaweed spritz all over the leaves.
- Trim evergreen hedges, narrowing sides towards the top.
- Chilli peppers are at their peak right now: buy a showy plant in full fruit from the garden centre and repot. Place on the patio table and feed often.