Gardening to Do this Month
August is a month in which one can sit back and relax, enjoying the fruits of the previous months’ efforts. Since it is typically very hot, all efforts in the yard should include awareness of the effects of the heat. Drink lots of water, use sun screen, keep your head covered, and avoid working in the middle of the day if possible.
Indoor activities such as updating your gardening journal, determining which plants did well and noting diseases and effective treatments are encouraged.
Water all existing plants regularly and deeply while continuing to deadhead annuals. This is a good time to divide bearded irises, daylilies and daisies as well as planting or moving summer flowering bulbs that have finished blooming.
Continue to mow your lawn regularly at the recommended height. Lawns are stressed from the heat. Do continue looking for disease in your lawn and treat disease appropriately.
Herbs are in the peak of flavor and drying herbs can begin now. Don’t forget to feed, water and check your chrysanthemums for disease to ensure beautiful blooms in the fall.
Heritage Demonstration Garden
There is nothing I like better at the end of a hot summer's day than taking a short walk around the garden. You can smell the heat coming up from the earth to meet the cooler night air.
Things to Do This Month
Tip of the Month
Gather herbs of the same type into little bundles. Spread on cheese cloth or hang upside down in a dark dry area to dry. Herbs make wonderful fragrant wreaths and arrangements. Green herbs are easiest to work with when incorporating them into decorations. The arrangements must be hung to dry when they are completed.
Belgian Orange Bush Lily Sandra Harrelson, MG
Miss Molly Compact Butterfly Bush Janis Koestler, MG