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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

August Gardener's Calendar

I though August might be a quiet month, the time for holidays but I was wrong there is such a lot to do in the garden

  • We have planned an excellent selection of Bulbs and they will arrive later this month so start to plan what you might like and where. It will soon be September the ideal time to plant your daffodils.

  • Prune hedges so any new growth they make will be harden off before we have any frosts. Don’t leave it until winter.

  • Cut back most shrubs that have flowered taking out diseased dead and damaged then any crossing branches and if you need to reduce it in size do so.

  • It’s also a very good time to prune your Wisteria in order to control the growth. Take the shoots back to about 2-3 buds. It will need another prune in early spring.

  • Encourage herbaceous plants to flower for as long as possible by feeding, mulching and dead heading. If they are well fed and are not producing seed they have no reason to stop flowering yet. (For those with our Garden Club card  one of this months offers is Soil Conditioner 2 bags for £8 offer ends 31st August)  
  • Feed your Agapanthus now then every 2 weeks with maxicrop (seaweed feed) and into the autumn, this will put energy into the bulb for next years flowering.

  • Continue watering and feeding your pots and do feed you agapanthus up until autumn, even after it had finished.

  • Trim your lavender before any new growth will get caught in cold weather, just lightly trim.

  • We have had some rain so it’s a good time to plant. I am still filling late summer gaps in my borders. I recommend the large Amistad Salvias to enjoy now or dahlias. Behind at the back of my border I have added Veronicestrum and hope it will bulk out and fill the space next year as a tall perennial.

  • Vegetable growers can continue planting salad leaves from seed if they are very quick. We have ready grown plants. We also have sprouting broccoli, Brussels, cabbage, calabrese and leeks all ready to go in now.

  • Fruit trees want any vertical water shoots removing, diseased dead or damaged (3 D’s) or crossing branches. Fruit pruning now will not stimulate new growth.

  • All stone fruit should be pruned. You aim to create a tulip or goblet shape in the center so air circulates well round the fruit. You also remove the 3 D’s.

  • Grapes vines should only have 6 to 8 sets on each vine. Leaves can be removed to let air and light around the grapes. Monty Donn suggested removing some to the grapes on overloaded bunches with nasal hair scissors so they ripen better but  I doubt we will all get round to that!

  • You garden should be swarming with bees. If it’s not consider adding some perennial agastache we have noticed they appear to absolutely love it here above all the other plants.

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