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August Jobs

Garden Maintenance

Surely August is the month to reap the rewards of all your hard work, sit back and enjoy those late Summer evenings.

 

Flower Power

There is so much colour to enjoy in he garden right now, so many blooms putting on a show;

  • Amaranthus

  • Cornflower

  • Delphinium

  • Hollyhock

  • Sunflower

 

If like me you can’t stop sowing seed, then here are some you can sow now;

  • Calendula

  • Cornflower

  • Forget-me-not

  • Larkspur

  • Poppies

 

Veg Plot

The rewards are coming thick and fast this month, you can be harvesting the following delights;

  • Broad Beans

  • French Beans

  • Chillies & Peppers

  • Carrots

  • Chicory

  • Peas

  • Onions

 

But you can still be sowing in August just be sure to water well to prevent bolting, keep that dirt healthy and busy by sowing;

  • Radish

  • Lettuce

  • Salad leaves

  • Spinach

  • Spring Onions

  • Swiss Chard

 

Herbs

It’s a little warm this month to be sowing herb seeds (besides coriander, that won’t mind being sown now at all) but that doesn’t stop you from dividing clumps that have already established quickly. 

 

We are still picking and drying herbs  from the garden to produce our own Italian herb mix for cooking;

  • Basil

  • Chives

  • Coriander

  • Dill

  • Mint

  • Sage

  • Thyme

 

And I have a few monsters in the garden which are completely dominating;

  • Vietnamese Coriander (first time growing this)

  • Curly Leaf Parsley

  • Oregano

 

Pruning 

Summer prune is always a tricky one but definitely worth tackling, do your research before hand so that you can confidently tackle the task. Always be mindful of the variety you are pruning and the important thing to check is whether they produce their fruit on the previous years stems or the current years growth.

 

But the abundance of fruit to be harvested this month is astounding;

  • Blackberry

  • Black currents

  • Blueberries

  • Red Currents

  • Cherry

  • Raspberry (summer fruiting)

  • Plums

 

Nature

This is such an important month in the garden for wildlife especially if the weather remains hot and dry. Make sure that you are providing areas for birds to drink and bath as well as introducing insect and pollinator stations where they can rest and drink, a small saucer filled with pebbles and water will do the trick. 

 

Allow some of your vegetables, like radish or lettuce that’s bolted to run to seed to provide a food source for pollinators. And don’t forget to collect the see once it’s developed for you to sow again next year.