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Gardener's Diary

August 2013

In association with the Royal Horticultural Society


Previously in The Gardener's Diary...

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013


The Gardener's Diary

The Royal Horticultural Society

The Royal Horticultural Society
is the UK's leading gardening charity dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening.

Their goal is to help people share a passion for plants, to encourage excellence in horticulture and inspire all those with an interest in gardening.

In this section on Laterlife they share their expertise to provide your Jobs for the Month - making sure that your garden is ready for the season ahead.

Find out more about how to become a member of the RHS

Gardening Jobs for the month - August

Keep a careful eye on watering, using grey water if possibleSultry late summer

August is usually one of the hottest months of the year - making watering essential. Try to use grey water wherever possible, especially as water butts may be running low if it has been a dry summer. August is traditionally holiday-time, so you might need to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden while you are away.

Top 10 things to do this month

  1.  Prune Wisteria

  2. Don’t delay summer pruning restricted fruits

  3. Deadhead flowering plants regularly

  4. Watering! Particularly containers, and new plants - preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater

  5. Collect seed from favourite plants

  6. Harvest sweetcorn and other vegetables as they become ready

  7. Continue cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries

  8. Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners

  9. Keep ponds and water features topped up

  10. Feed the soil with green manures

For more vital tips on caring for your garden from the Royal Horticultural Society check out their June advice for:

Trees and Shrubs
Greenhouse, Conservatory and Houseplants


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