What should you or could you be doing in the garden for the month of August? Can you believe that it is August all ready?
Keep harvesting your fruit and vegetables every couple days to encourage production into the fall.
Dig up your potatoes once the vines have died and the tops turn brown.
Harvest cantaloupe when the stem easily separates from the fruit.
Share the bounty of your garden with friends and those in need!
Ripen tomatoes on the vine, not the windowsill; put fallen green tomatoes in a brown paper bag with an apple.
Check your local nursery for fall-blooming plants, such as mums and asters.
Fertilize roses (last time this year).
Don't mow your grass too short during hot weather.
Continue to weed before the weeds go to seed.
Japanese beetles? Handpick and drop in a jar of detergent and water.
This is a great time to plant evergreen trees and shrubs, such as pines, spruces, and firs, because the plants will have time to develop their roots before the winter conditions.
Keep planting fall vegetables, such as lettuce, turnips, collards, kale, radishes, beans, spinach, and beets.
If there are dry spells, remember to water your plants and shrubs thoroughly to prevent drought.
Cut down raspberry canes.
Check your plants for any insect or disease damage and treat when necessary.
Remove any old plants that have stopped producing to help eliminate insects and diseases from your garden.
Remove any dead flowers from plants to encourage new growth.
Dig up and divide day lilies that have finished blooming.
Order spring-blooming bulbs at the end of the month for fall planting
Taken from https://www.almanac.com/gardening/tips/IA/Mason%20City/08
Till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky’s Greenhouse Dougherty Iowa firstname.lastname@example.org 641-794-3337 641-903-9365