THE MODERN MINT BLOG

Aug03

Gardening Jobs August

Japanese Gardeners

What are the gardening jobs to do in August?

1) Make hay while the sun shines (you can always do this by scything…)

2) Prune wisteria.

3) Deadhead your dahlias.

4) Be water-wise (don’t water your lawn, use harvested rainwater instead of tap water. If you haven’t harvested any rainwater, try somewhere like Harrod Horticultural for ideas.)

5) Start thinking about ordering bulbs for planting in Autumn – we are doing a garden design in Upminster, Essex at the moment and will be adding lots of daffodils – cannot wait!

6) Use up your courgettes – put them in chocolate cake, barbeque them, slice them thinly, add creme fraiche and then grate lemon zest over the top – they are a brilliant vegetable. We are growing Striato d’Napoli this year and it looks great…

7) Harvest your blackcurrants (what do you mean you haven’t planted any blackcurrants?) and make cassis or add to porridge. Yum!

8) Trim your yew and beech hedging.

9) It’s hot. So enjoy the last days of summer and don’t work too hard…

For more in depth knowledge on what to do now, try these books…

RHS Gardening Through The Year

Four-season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

Alan Titchmarsh the Gardener’s Year

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