We welcomed August with a flood of rain and everything is super moist around here. It’s nice because all my water bins are full which means I won’t need to turn on the hose for a few weeks.
You might remember I planted sugar pumpkins last week, they’re up and what a welcome blessing.
I’m hoping you all enjoyed a great harvest in July and now the question is what needs to be done during the month of August?
Activity begins to slow down during the hottest month of the season unless you live further north.
My garden has slowed down which has actually been pretty nice. I went ahead last week and trimmed things back and after this rain it’s like I have new plants again.
Keep maintaining your garden through harvesting and remember to pull weeds to help those plants thrive.
If you’re planning a fall garden get moving forward with prepping beds and implementing planting dates. Sometimes when to plant can be confusing especially here in Texas.
The Texas Fall Direct Seed Guide is a great help.
All strawberry runners should be cut back; many times you can root those stems allowing you to expand your crop.
If you let strawberries grow wild they will not produce an abundant harvest so it’s important to trim back and transplant runners if possible.
With all other berry bushes make sure to cut back any dead leaves or dark old stems and stake the plants so canes can grow strong.
If you planted flowers you should be enjoying some wonderful bouquets indoors, I love fresh flowers!
I honestly can’t imagine a garden space without flowers, can you?
Little things to remember, flowers like carnations should be trimmed back if you want them blooming in the late fall. You may need to stake flowers like zinnias dahlias or gladiolas, they tend to get too heavy and fall over especially if you experience heavy rain and wind.
For the rest of the month just basically keep maintaining your garden and enjoy harvesting.