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Gardener's Diary

August 2012


An introduction from Rosemary Martin...


Previously in The Gardener's Diary...

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012



The Gardener's Diary


RosemaryI have been gardening now as a hobby for about forty years, but have no formal training.. I don't have a favourite style of gardening, traditional is nice, but I also think the modern trends work well. 

This column adds a new dimension to my interest in all aspects of horticulture and will hopefully help others find pleasure in this healthy and therapeutic pastime ... 

Please e-mail me with your garden problems, comments, or ideas for this section of laterlife, remembering to tell me which country you are from.. 

Click here for previous editions of Gardener's Diary..



GeraniumThe summer (!) months are rolling along so quickly, we have barely had time to get into the swing of it before we need to start winding down for the Autumn. The weather hasn`t been brilliant but the damp conditions seem to suit most gardens in the UK, making them green and lush..

This month I thought some tips on taking cuttings, would provide the basis for increasing your stock, protect against loss should there be another severe winter, and of course save you lots of money.




Jobs for the month -August


Fruit and vegetable garden

The Fruit and vegetable garden section for August can be found here

  Runner beans


Jobs for the month - August

House plants

Keep house plants well watered and misted with a spray, which will help keep aphids and red spider mite at bay. If you are going on holiday ask someone to look after your plants, but if that is not possible, move them to a shady part of your home, making sure they have ample water. There are self-watering systems available from all good garden centres.


Lawns will still need frequent mowings during August.  Use a Spot weedkiller for lawns on stray weeds that haven't been killed with lawn weed and feed. If your lawn is waterlogged with all the rain we've had, use a garden fork to aerate it. Dig the fork right in and wiggle it about to make wider holes; repeat this every couple of feet. If this doesn't improve the lawn you may need to consider land drainage.

Herbaceous borders

marigoldContinue dead-heading, weeding and hoeing to keep the borders looking neat. You can sow many biennials straight into the ground this month, such as Cornflowers, Foxgloves and Sweet Williams, and they will get away to an early start next year. I collect seeds from the various plants I want, jumble them all up and throw them into the borders. The result is great and I can always thin out those I don`t want.


More maintenance this month to keep the pond free of algae and aphids. I always enjoyed blasting aphids from foliage with the hose pipe and then watching the fish eat them. Don`t leave the fish to their own devices if you are going away - get a neighbour to feed them and keep an eye on them. If we have a dry spell, the water level in ponds can quickly drop and it is essential to top it up slowly, not introducing too much tap water too quickly. The temperature must not fluctuate either.


Jay in treeAnimals of all kinds are already beginning to prepare for the long winter ahead, so start to be vigilant about feeding the birds, making sure they always have enough on the bird table.

One advantage of a cool and damp summer is the lack of wasps out and about!



 Some more flower shows to visit this year:-

Hyde Hall Flower Show - August 3rd - 5th

Wisley Flower Show  -  September 5th - 9th




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