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Gardener's Diary


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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

Jobs to do in August

Sultry late Summer

Top 10 jobs this month

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. When you are at home, take the time to prune summer-flowering shrubs.

  • Prune Wisteria

  • Don't delay summer pruning fruits trained as restricted forms

  • Deadhead flowering plants regularly

  • Watering! - particularly containers, and new plants, preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater

  • Collect seed from garden plants

  • Harvest sweetcorn and other vegetables as they become ready

  • Continue cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries

  • Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners

  • Keep ponds and water features topped up

  • Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch

Greenhouse, conservatory & houseplants


Water houseplants freely when they are in growth.

Feed plants when necessary, usually once every one to two weeks with a liquid feed.

Cyclamen that have been resting over the summer can be started back into growth for winter blooms. Watering and careful replacement of the top layer of compost should be sufficient to ‘wake’ them.

 Hyacinths, ‘Paperwhite’ daffodils, freesias, and Lachenalia corms can be planted in bowls now to achieve flowers for Christmas. Once they have put on 2.5cm (1in) growth, they can be taken into a cool room, only to be brought into a warm room in time to flower for the festive period. Bulbs sold as ‘prepared’ can be forced by plunging the planted bowls in a cold, dark place for a few months, then bringing them straight inside to flower.

Ventilate conservatories to their maximum to prevent soaring temperatures. Use shading if necessary.
In the greenhouse

 Damp down greenhouses on hot days to maintain humidity levels.

Pest and disease watch

Many conservatory and greenhouse pests will be active during the summer months. Check plants regularly for signs of glasshouse whitefly, leafhopper, red spider mite, mealybugs and scale insects.

Clean up fallen leaves and spilt compost from benches and floors to prevent pests and diseases spreading.



The Royal Horticultural Society

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