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August, the month between seasons …

01 August 2013

August is officially the last month of Summer … but with talk of a warm and sunny August and an Indian Summer, let’s not be too despondent.

August is about sitting back, relaxing and enjoying your garden - and glorifying in the results of your hard work throughout the year. However, there is still work to do, as many summer plants and flowers will start to look a little tired and exhausted if you don’t keep on top of them. And it’s time to start preparing for the next season!

So, just what is there to do?

•    Dead-head anything that you don’t need or want to self-seed.
•    Plan and plant your winter veg …we’re thinking kale, chard, leeks and chicory, you can’t grow better nutrition.
•    Take cuttings of your favourite perennials for propagation next year.
•    Cut back herbs to encourage new growth … and if you’ve got too much of any, they freeze better than you think.
•    Trim your lavender after flowering to stop it from going woody.
•    Cut back your wisteria taking off this year’s whippy green shoots.
•    Take cuttings from your box hedging to propagate, it’s expensive to buy.
•    Keep on top of your weeds, boring but vial.
•    Make sure you’ve got a watering can to hand especially for your pot plants.
•    Help our feathery friends by keeping the bird-bath and feeders topped up or provide a bird nest.
•    In harmony with the season, preserving accessories are essential for making some homemade jam – fig, apricot, blackberry or even chutneys!
•    And finally, make time for some alfresco dining, it may be your last opportunity.

Out and about in August.This month we’re out and about at our local farms and wanting to sow a seed in your mind - check out your local scene - the steady growth of locally grown produce, much of it organic, from small farms and small holdings has caught our imagination and makes for a great day out for all the family. Our favourite and one of our closest, is Worton Organic Garden, a seven-acre market garden providing the local community with an astonishing diversity of seasonal fresh vegetables, herbs, fruit, eggs, flowers and good old fashioned bread. And at this time of year it is brimming with an array of colourful fruits and salads.


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