August in your garden

August in your garden

We know you’ll be super busy in your gardens this month (or taking some time off, having a well-deserved break). We’ve rounded-up a few of the tasks you can do in your garden this month. Read on to find out more. 

Regular watering

With the warm weather, make sure you feed your plants regularly. Water during the coolest parts of the day, such as in the morning or evening, as water can evaporate faster with the heat. Water straight to the roots of the plants, where moisture is needed. 

Plenty to harvest

There is plenty to harvest during August, of course, depending on what you grew. Early apples, pears, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries, are some of those fruits ready for harvesting now. As for vegetables, you’re ready for a bountiful harvest! Tomatoes, potatoes, sweetcorn, cucumbers, courgettes, french and runner beans, onions, garlics, and shallots are all ready to be picked! 

Sowing and growing in August

There is lots of sow and grow too. Lettuce, spinach, corn salad, turnips, cabbages, and chard are just a few. At CoirProducts, we have a wide array of natural, biodegradable, and peat-free products and a unique selection of coir bundles to help you with your sowing and growing this August. And a key advantage of coir-based products is that they retain water and moisture well, which is especially useful during these hot weather months. Our coir potting mix, coming in a range of blocks, bricks, and discs, is ideal for growing a variety of plants and crops. If those plants need a little shade, our coir pots are perfect for using both indoors and outdoors, while our coircoins are ideal for sowing and have high germination rates. 

Growing wildlife-friendly plants

Continue to feed those birds and wildlife found in your gardens. You could plant some wildlife-friendly or pollinator-friendly flowers like sunflowers, sweet peas, globe thistle, and sedum, among others, or provide those garden wildlife with fresh water for drinking and bathing to help them through dry spells. Planting more nectar- and pollen-rich flowers, can especially encourage bees and other pollinators to your garden. Lavender, bluebells, honeysuckle, ivy, and foxglove are some of those flowers that attract bees.

Deadhead plants

Deadhead plants, such as petunias and dahlias and other perennials, as soon as their bloom starts to fade, to encourage more blooms. Cut back those tired looking herbs, so that you can help encourage new growth. It can also help prevent those plants such as peonies and roses with numerous petals scattering their debris. 

Collecting seeds for harvesting

August is a great time for collecting seeds from your garden plants and storing them if you want to grow them next season. It’s a great way of planning ahead, and continuing that legacy. While it may seem like a little extra work, it’s a great way to propagate your garden. Some vegetables that are easy to grow and save seeds from include tomatoes, peppers, peas, and beans.

What are you up to in your garden this August? However busy you may be, we also hope you find a little time to pause and enjoy your garden!

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