Growing Guides & Gardening Tips

Red Twig Dogwood

August Garden Checklist

August is the time to start planning your fall vegetable garden. Many cool season vegetables can be started from seed at this time: broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, beets, spinach, chard, onions and more.

You could also start cool season annuals such as calendula, violas, pansies and even Icelandic poppies.

You can also plant another crop of basil to tied you over into the fall. Once basil goes to seed it is done for the season. We have fresh organic starts right now.

Keep deadheading annuals and perennials to prolog their bloom.

Some perennials can be divided toward the end of the month:

Shear back your lavender plants as they finish up their bloom. Don’t cut into old wood as they will not be able to re-sprout.

If you cut back your delphiniums now and give them a shot of bloom fertilizer you can get a fall bloom.

Plant oriental and California poppies, hollyhocks, cup and saucer, foxgloves, forget-me-nots, and columbine for next years garden.

Feed your citrus trees now!

Around mid August you should start pinching off the new tomato and pepper flowers to allow the remaining fruit a chance to ripen. If they are growing in the greenhouse you can skip this.

Top dress your flower and vegetable garden with your favorite organic fertilizer.