Here’s What You Can Prepare In Your Garden This August

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.
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