• September: Clean Up Your Garden Thoroughly From Now Til the Snow Flies

    As we move into the fall and winter months, make sure you clear all diseased material from your garden to prevent pest and disease problems next spring. Burn the diseased material or put it in the garbage, not in your compost! Clean, healthy plant debris can be chopped up and spread over the beds in a shallow layer.

  • August: Planning for Next Year

    Observe your garden carefully and reflect on what works and what doesn’t work.  Makes notes and take pictures of your garden so that you can use them to re-fresh your memory when you are thinking about what needs to be done, where colour needs to be added, which plants should be removed because of their prima dona attitude, which plants needs additional space, which plants need to be divided.  Do this for your vegetable garden as well as your flower gardens.

  • August: Cucumbers and Zucchini

    Pick them often and the plants will continue to produce.  For best flavour, don’t allow them to grow beyond the size described for each variety.

  • August: Peas

    It’s time to plant a fall crop of peas.

  • August: Garlic

    Garlic is ready for harvesting when the lowest 3 or 4 leaves have died back.  Half of the plant should still be green.  Leave the tops on the bulbs until they have dried for 10 to 14 days in a dry, shaded place.

  • August: Dividing Your Irises

    August is the idea time to divide your bearded irises.  Dig them up and separate the rhizomes.  Any rhizomes showing signs of rot or borers should be discarded.  Replant only the best – leave some foliage on each rhizome you plant.  Rhizomes should be planted high so that they are exposed to the sun and the risk of rot is reduced.

  • August: Harvest New Potatoes

    Reach under the plants into the hills, feel for good sized potatoes and ease them out of the ground gently. The plants will keep right on growing and producing more. If the soil is too damp to probe, you can even dig up entire plants, harvest all the baby potatoes you can find and put the plants back in the soil.

  • August: Fall Vegetable Crops

    You can continue to sow crops of carrots, beets, radishes and green onions.  Fall crops of peas and leafy greens can also be sown.

  • August: Plant Kale for Fall Harvest

    Kale planted up to the middle of the month will yield an excellent harvest in the fall and winter. And the bonus is that kale is very attractive, making your vegetable garden interesting even as winter approaches.  Dwarf Blue, Toscano, Redbor are all beautiful and tasty.

  • August: Watering Your Container Gardens

    Check the moistness of your containers before watering by poking a finger down an inch or two.  Water at the base of the plant and water in the morning so that the plants have time to absorb the water before the heat of the day.  Water until the water runs out of the bottom drainage holes.  If your container is sitting in a saucer, be sure to empty the saucer of excess water after you have watered and also after a rainfall.