Jobs To Do In August


It's August, and when the sun comes out we are not looking for a seat in it, but for one in the shade to cool off. We all have an area that isn't in full sun and maybe partially shady.

Crops are ripening well, and it promises to another bumper year for most of us.

Plants will now be at their peak in growth, so keep tieing in those shoots and removing suckers from your tomatoes.  Keep your eyes peeled for pest and disease such as red spider mite and whitefly. They are about, and rather than wait for an infestation treat weekly with a soap liquid spray to ensure they do not get a hold

Now it is essential to feed all fruiting crops with a high potash fertiliser like tomato feed, Comfrey, or a liquid seaweed in order to help them get the best crops for you this year

Not Too Late To Sow

  • Rocket
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Onions (sets)
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Perpetual Spinach
  • Pakchoi
  • Corriander
  • Basil
  • mizuna
  • Potatoes for Christmas
Close up of a gardener turning a compost pile with a garden fork.
  • Prepare beds for winter crops
  • Sow seeds for winter crops
  • Plant Out tender lettuce
  • Turn Your Compost To let Air In
  • Plant onion sets
  • Remove Diseased Leaves From Roses
  • Plant new seed potatoes for a Xmas harvest
  • Sow Broad beans indoors
  • Use cloches to extend the sowing and growing season
  • In Dry Spells, Don't Forget To Water Perennials
  • Deadhead bedding plants
  • Prune Wisteria
  • Water yellowing plants with an iron tonic
  • Prune summer flowering shrubs
  • Pick bulbils off Lilly stems and plant into new pots
  • Cut back tomato leaves to first unripe truss
  • Look after container plants
  • Hoe Hoe Hoe
  • Get a second flush of roses
  • Take fuchsia cutting
  • Damp down greenhouse floors
  • Thin out bunches of grapes
  • Order prepared hyacinth bulbs
  • Prune peaches and nectarines
  • Plant a new bed of strawberries using your runners
  • Prune out fruited canes from your raspberries
  • Train Tie And Feed Cucumbers
  • Pile earth around celery to blanch the stems
  • cover carrots with fleece to keep away carrot fly
  • Sow Winter Flowers Now
  • Cut back mint for fresh new growth
  • Order garlic and onion sets
  • Cut back leaves on grapevines to allow the sun to ripen fruit

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