No matter the time of year, there is always something to do in the garden! August is the last real month of summer, and while it may bring milder weather, it’s still a great time of year to exercise our green thumbs!
If you have been gardening throughout the year, you should have a healthy crop to harvest by now. Even if you are only just starting out, August can still create perfect conditions for sowing and planting certain crops, especially in preparation for winter gardening.
August will also bring its own fair share of jobs; as always, you will need to keep on top of weeds and pests, especially with vulnerable new crops. August is also the time of year to start preparing to scarify your lawn; leave it too late, and your lawn will not have time to recover, which can leave you wide open to weeds.
Remember, gardening takes a great deal of practice and patience. Depending on the size of your garden, you may want to considering hiring a recommended local gardener to help with your garden maintenance. They can also give you advice on garden planting and how to take care of your plants as the weather gets colder. If you need help with simpler tasks, such as weeding or lawn mowing, a handyman should be able to do the job.
As always, remember to pay close attention to the planting, sowing and maintenance instructions for your plants, and follow them to the letter!
If you have been gardening all year round, you will probably spend a fair amount of time harvesting this month. However, there is still plenty that you can add to your garden at this time of year. Gardeners in the south of England may even have enough sunshine to sow quickly maturing summer crops.
To sow - spring cabbage, turnips, overwintering onions, lettuce, radish, rocket, sorrel, chicory, fennel, Swiss chard, Pak Choi, kohl rabi, spinach
To plant - cauliflowers, winter cabbage, kale, garlic
After gardening in June and July, you should by now be used to taking care that plants in your greenhouse have enough water. Even as summer winds down, greenhouses can still overheat, harming the plants inside. On particularly hot days, remember to keep your greenhouse well ventilated and to dampen the inside.
One thing to keep in mind is encouraging helpful pests, which can be crucial as your healthy crops start to mature. If you find any ladybirds, hover flies or lacewings flying around your garden, transferring them to your greenhouse will be a huge help in protecting your delicious greens.
To sow - winter lettuce, chervil, parsley, coriander, dwarf beans
The summer weather will have done wonders to nurture your crops, but August also means that it’s time to prepare for the returning cold. You may also want to start thinking about how to prepare your garden for when you leave to go on holiday. Depending on how long you leave for, you may even want to consider hiring a local gardener to take of garden maintenance while you are away.