August can be one of the hottest months of the year (if we’re lucky!), so it’s important to keep your eye on the ball in the garden this month.
Also, August is vacation time for many people, so if you’re taking time off this month, you may need to enlist the help of friends and family to stay on top of your gardening jobs. Read on to find out what to do in the garden in August.
What to do in the garden this month
Deadhead flowering plants regularly
While your flowers bloom during the summer months, it’s essential to prune the deadheads regularly to encourage new growth.
Stay on top of watering
As one of the hottest months of the year, it’s important to water your plants regularly during high temperatures and low rainfall.
Harvest Onions & Garlic
Mid-summer is garlic and onion harvesting time. When the bottom leaves of garlic start to yellow, pull the plant up from the ground and let them dry out. Once they have thoroughly dried, you can braid the garlic. Pro-tip: you can weave soft-neck garlic varieties while the leaves are still supple.
When onion tops start to flop, harvest the bulbs and group them together. VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties are perfect for both onions and garlic bulb grouping, and you can even use them to hang these vegetables in the dark to dry out.
Cut lavender, bay, summer savory, dill, and rosemary stems to dry. Bundle the herbs with VELCRO® Brand Plant Ties and attach them to boards or bricks in a garage, shed, or airy basement with VELCRO® Brand Industrial Strength Fasteners.
Make Summer Flower Bouquets
Summer is a great time to cut flowers and make indoor bouquets. Harvest flower stems in the morning as the blooms open. Remove the bottom leaves, re-cut the stems underwater, and bundle the stems together with VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP® Ties. The ties hold the bouquet stems together, making them stand up better in the vase.
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