You never know what the great British weather will bring so our gardens may need extra attention to get the best from your planting and growing earlier in the year. August is the month when flowers are at their best and sunshine and outdoor fun is the tonic we all love!
Vegetables: August is a great month to reap the benefits of all those vegetable seeds you planted in the Spring. As well as harvesting veggies for tasty meals, here’s a few other things to do:
Main crop potatoes can also be harvested – store them in sacks or paper bags out of the light
Pick runner beans as soon as they’re a decent size so they don’t get stringy
Flowers: August gardens are typically full of dazzling displays of colour and provide that much-needed space to relax with family and friends. To keep the colourful blooms going here’s a few ideas for what plant seeds to sow now:
With a little bit of effort here and there you can also keep on top of the flowers that are blooming in the garden right now:
In this country the weather can be unpredictable to say the least! In August we can get the heaviest of downpours and then ten minutes later it’s boiling hot and the ground is dry. So, how do you keep the garden looking good with this topsy-turvy weather? Make sure that your plants and flowers don’t dry out in the heat by watering them regularly. If you water plants when the sun has gone off them in the evening or in the early morning the roots will retain more moisture.
Using rainwater is a definite environmental win for gardeners and is easy to do with a water butt. Collecting water this way also means you’ll have something to water the garden with even if there’s a hosepipe ban! You can use grey water too but be careful! This waste water from your washing-up, shower and bath can be useful for short-term watering of non-edible plants especially during a summer drought.
We often find ourselves with a parched, sad-looking lawn after dry weather, and you’ve probably found yourself wondering if it will ever come back to life. The good news is that most grass is very hardy and will start to turn back to its former glory as soon as we start getting some regular rain again. If you want to keep your green lawn, there’s nothing for it but to keep it hydrated before it starts to show excessive signs of stress – but you must always check before switching on your hose pipe for any restrictions that may be in place in your area. Be sure to follow these tips for the most effective way to look after your lawn in a heatwave:
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