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.