August in the Garden
August in the Garden.
We’re not quite yet done with winter, but it is certainly time to start planning and planting for warmer weather. Remember, spring is just around the corner and all garden centres are stocked to the brim with instant colour. Don’t forget to put out seeds for our feathered friends, which are slowly returning to the garden!
Go on the colour run in your garden with annuals: Trays of pretty flowering snapdragon seedlings, both the tall and dwarf varieties, are available now in seedling trays.
Plant Acanthus mollis (bear’s breeches), azaleas and Mackaya bella (forest bell bush) in your shade garden. Divide overgrown flaxes and ornamental grasses. Look out for proteas, pincushions and ericas to plant now. Use slow-release fertilisers to feed the whole garden, and keep deadheading annuals and perennials to ensure a long flowering period. Sow beetroot, baby marrows, carrots, chamomile, parsley, nasturtiums and chives.
Don’t forget to plant masses of clivias to bring spring to your shade. Feed acid-loving plants like azaleas, gardenias, and brunsfelsias with a micro element mixture to correct yellowing leaves, and mulch with pine needles or pine bark. Plant out rhubarb, shallots, garlic and globe artichokes. In frost-free areas, make the first sowings of summer crops like runner beans, dwarf beans, maize, sweetcorn, pumpkins and squashes. Top-dress perennial crops like asparagus and globe artichokes. Plant out seedlings of early tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Plant out seed potatoes in rows. Also start sowing early crops of sweet basil, coriander and rocket.
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