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With any luck it should be hot and sunny  - but maybe too sunny and dry for some garden plants, so try and bulk up your borders with late starting plants that will keep the colour and impact going.


Good news: dry weather will reduce the amount of mowing. Bad news: you’ve just lost a valuable source of composting material.

GENERAL

  1. Keep watering and feeding regularly especially for those plants in pots, containers and raised beds.

  2. Weed the borders regularly

  3. Cut and dry herbs.

  4. Take cuttings of lavender, rosemary and sage. Pot up and put in a shaded cold frame.


VEGETABLES

  1. As early crops are used dig, and re-fertilise the ground for replanting.

  2. Sow spring cabbage, winter lettuce, onions and spinach.

  3. Plant winter green crops.

  4. Earth up kale, leeks etc.

  5. At the end of the month, lift onions and expose to sun to dry.

  6. Feed asparagus beds.

  7. Watch out for caterpillars.


FRUIT

  1. Prune gooseberries, redcurrants and blackberry bushes.

  2. Once your summer fruiting raspberries have finished, prune them back too.

  3. Stop your outdoor tomatoes by nipping out the very top of each plant.

  4. Thin out apples while they are small. If the fruits are too close together you will get several small fruits, thinning out will produce larger fruit.

  5. Continue training apples and pears.

  6. Cut strawberry runners from their parent plants

  7. Reduce raspberry canes to five a plant.


FLOWERS

  1. Deadhead your flowers.

  2. Plant early spring bulbs outside.

  3. Plant out plugs of wildflowers where you intend them to become naturalised in grass.

  4. Continue spraying roses for mildew, greenfly and black spot.

  5. Lift, divide and replant Irises.

  6. Pot up any self-sown seedlings that you find in beds

  7. Larger single chrysanthemums should be disbudded.

  8. Plant autumn-flowering bulbs


SHRUBS

  1. Semi-ripe cuttings will root for next spring.

  2. Prune rambling roses and wisteria.

  3. Continue mulching.

  4. Trim pyracantha

  5. Deadhead roses

  6. Clip hedges

  7. Propagate clematis

  8. Take cuttings and layers of shrubs.


LAWN

  1. Mow regularly

  2. Don’t water or feed.


GREENHOUSE

  1. Watch for low night temperatures and condensation as this encourages mildew.

  2. Keep ventilated.

  3. Increase feeding and watering your tomtatoes


POND

  1. Clear out any surface weed and debris.

  2. Top up water levels

  3. Thin out excess older plants

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Camellias look wonderful in August but remember to nourish them with a high-potash feed - tomato feed works just fine. Keeping them well watered now will pay dividends when they flower again next year.

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