Sultry late summer

August is usually one of the hottest months of the year – making watering essential. Try to use grey water wherever possible, especially as water butts may be running low if it has been a dry summer. August is traditionally holiday-time, so you might need to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden while you are away. When you are at home, take the time to prune summer-flowering shrubs.

Prune Wisteria

Don’t delay summer pruning fruits trained as restricted forms

Deadhead flowering plants regularly

Watering! – particularly containers, and new plants, preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater

Collect seed from garden plants

Harvest sweetcorn and other vegetables as they become ready

Continue cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries

Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners

Keep ponds and water features topped up

Feed the soil with green manures

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