Gardening jobs for August

This month, create plants for free in your garden by taking cuttings, harvest your summer vegetables and feed your soil with green manures.

01 August 2022

  1. Lift and pot up any rooted strawberry plants you have been growing. Looking to create more strawberry plants for free in your garden? Follow our step-by-step guide to learn how.
  2. Harvest sweetcorn, onions, French beans, runner beans, courgettes and cucumbers. If your school site is closed and you have a surplus of produce, offer it out to your community or a local food bank.
  3. Water containers and new plants regularly in the mornings or evenings. If you have access to greywater recycled from household use or a water butt, make use of this to conserve mains water.
  4. Feed your soil with green manures such as crimson clover and Italian ryegrass. Once dug into the soil, these will help conserve nutrients and improve your soil texture.
  5. Deadhead flowering plants regularly to encourage growth. The simplest method is to pinch off faded blooms with your finger and thumb.
  6. Keep an eye on your tomato and potato plants for signs of blight. Deal with this as soon as you spot it to prevent the disease spreading throughout your plant.
  7. Remove weeds from around your fruit and vegetables to prevent competition from your plants for water, nutrients and space.
  8. Get ready for Halloween and raise your pumpkins off the soil to prevent discolouration and to rotting before they get too heavy to lift.
  9. As the hot weather continues, top up any birdbaths or ponds in your garden to provide water for wildlife.
  10. Trim herbs such as rosemary and lavender and create plants for free by taking semi-ripe cuttings. You can also take softwood cuttings from herbs like mint, basil and sage.

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