What to do in your garden in August
August is the ideal month in which to start planning your summer garden – and turning those plans into action. That means watering, mulching and feeding your spring and summer plants, and pulling up spent winter annuals for dead leaves and twigs to add to your compost heap.
If you enjoy a spring or summer salad in your garden, you’re bound to enjoy it even more with ingredients you’ve grown yourself. In other words, now’s the time to sow these edible treats: nasturtiums, Italian parsley, spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce, rocket, carrots, beetroot, radish, beans, sweet peppers, tomatoes and celery.
If you have plants in containers, add a slow-release fertiliser and water well afterwards – not forgetting to add a layer of mulch. And while you’re busy outdoors, don’t neglect the plants that are even closer to home: clean the leaves of your houseplants to prevent dust affecting their ability to photosynthesise. Add a liquid fertiliser, and check to see if any of them are pot-bound. If they are, repot them into larger containers.
Give your lawn some TLC so that it will be lush and green come spring. Cut the blades of grass short, rake away dead leaves and give yourself and your lawn a good workout by spiking vigorously. After a general feeding, cover well with lawn dressing (but keep a sharp eye out for weeds).