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Recommended tasks and hints for August

  • Water, feed, deadhead. Water, feed, deadhead. And keep repeating.

  • Parsley and other herbs sown now will mean that you have a fresh supply for the winter

  • Aubergines will be ready this month. Pick them when they are firm and nice and shiny

  • Continue picking sweet peas and removing any seed heads. Also mulch, feed and water. They’ll be finished all too soon.

  • Keep an eye on the level of water in your pond and top up from the hose when necessary. This will also help to oxygenate the water.

  • Pruning your wisteria this month will not only tidy it up but will also divert its energy from producing tendrils to producing flower buds for next year.

  • Some hardy annuals can be sown now, direct in their flowering positions meaning early flowers next spring/summer.

  • Salad leaves can be sown this month, in fact keep sowing and you’ll be eating salad all year round.

  • Continue to remove side-shoots from tomato plants and boost ripening by giving high potash feed.

  • Harvest beans, courgettes, potatoes, cucumbers, salad leaves, aubergines, etc, etc as soon as they are ready. Home-grown meals eaten outside with friends and family are one of the highlights of summer.


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