A is for August

August is the month where you need to make the most out of your garden as this is usually the last bit of time we have for summer relaxation. As we come towards the end of the summery months, your garden can start to look exhausted after the summer festivities that have been going on.
August can be a gorgeous month to be in the garden, whether actually gardening or just taking some time out. Your plants may be looking a little tired, but with some care and attention, you can achieve a longer flowering period, for many of your garden favourites.

The soil is usually dry – so try to keep everything well watered. Foliage can prevent water getting into the soil of a potted plant, so continue to water plants in containers, even if there has been some rain. Try and keep the soil moist throughout the day, as dry soil prevents the plants from growing. 

Always avoid watering your plants around midday when the sun is at its hottest. Not only is this a waste of water, as water will be evaporated by the sun, but water droplets on the leaves can act as a magnifying glass and burn the leaves.
Try watering your plants and vegetables either, first thing in the morning or in the evening, when it is cooler. Watering thoroughly but less often, is the key to success, as it encourages plants to root deeply, making them more resistant to drought and dry conditions.
Dead-heading your plants before they seed, is another sure fire way to keep your plants looking great, for longer.
Simple maintenance is key this month. Dry weather gives you time to paint the garden, the sheds and the fences, and any other wood with a preservative. Get it done now to protect them, and keep them looking fresh during the winter months.
Extra TLC is needed for your hanging baskets. Water, deadhead, and feed regularly, and they will last much longer, into the Autumn. 

August is still a great time for seed sowing – leafy foods like, salad leaves, beetroot and lettuce can be grown well into the autumn months. You could also plant some winter spinach!
August is often the hottest time of the year, and the greenhouse can get too hot for your plants, causing them to wilt. Remember to open the window, and allow some cool air in to ensure your plants grow healthily, and stay healthy.
If you haven’t already – think about next year. Now is the time many shops sell off seeds, cheaply! Have a quick think about what you want to grow from seed next year, and purchase your seeds now at a fraction of the price they will be next spring, and store them in a cool, dry place. 

These few easy steps will revive your garden, ready to welcome Autumn. 

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