GARDEN ACTIVITIES FOR JULY
GARDEN ACTIVITIES FOR AUGUST
FEED YOUR VEGETABLES AND FLOWERS!
Enjoy a longer vegetable harvest season by feeding your plants monthly, or as Earle recommends, feed your plants every 2 weeks with 1/2 the recommended amount. Cyndi says “If you want your plants to feed you, then you need to feed them!”
The same goes for annual and perennial color – deadheading and feeding will prolong your bloom season.
DIVIDE BEARDED IRIS
August and early September are the best time to dig up and divide those bearded iris that really didn’t bloom well this past year. Iris should be divided every 3-5 years or so, to keep them healthy and strong. Lift the iris clumps from the soil, gently break or cut rhizomes into pieces and discard the oldest pieces. Plant about 12-24” apart, at the same level as before, using some Master Start and Gold Rush Mulch to get a good start.
Consider Pre-Emergents for Fall Weed Control
Pre-emergents applied to the soil before weed seeds germinate eliminate a lot of work. Mid to late August and September is your window of opportunity to get this task done before the cool season weeds sprout. For lawn areas, apply a crabgrass and weed preventer designed for turf areas. For shrubs and flower beds, select a preventer that is labeled for ornamental areas. There are some even labeled for vegetables, fruit and other edible crops.
Start Seeds for Fall
August is the time to start looking at the seed packages. You can start beets, carrots, rutabaga & turnips out in the garden, and if you like to grow your own transplants, start cabbage, broccoli, etc. now for planting in Sept. For herbs, start basil, dill and cilantro for fall cooking and canning fresh from the garden.
For flowers, start sweet peas, pansies & violas, snapdragons, poppies and calendula out in the yard, or start these in the house for transplanting later, along with the veggies. An early start means earlier blooms!