Gardening Tips for August
- A second planting of cool-season crops such as broccoli, spinach, kale, lettuce, and chard should go in an area where they will be shaded from the sun.
- Pick summer squash and zucchini every day or two to keep the plants producing.
- Allow tomatoes to ripen fully on the vine although cherry tomatoes may split if left too long. Pick as soon as they have color.
- Water azalea and rhododendron bushes regularly as they are forming their flower buds for next spring.
- Peppers can be picked at any stage of development. Sweet peppers just become sweeter and hot peppers hotter the longer they are on the plant.
- Order peony roots so that you have them to plant in September.
- Fertilize containers and hanging baskets with ½ the recommended dose of a balanced liquid fertilizer twice as often as recommended.
- Take 3-4” cuttings of begonias, geraniums, coleus, and fuschia to overwinter. Place the cuttings in containers with potting soil, keep moist in a shady area until you bring them inside.
- Monitor plants for spider mite activity. Hose these pests off with a forceful spray of water.
- Pick summer squash and zucchini often to keep the plants productive.
Despite good cultural practices, pests and diseases at times may appear. Chemical control should be used only after all other methods have failed.
For pesticide information please call UConn Home and Garden Education Center weekdays, in Connecticut call toll free 877-486-6271. Out of state call 860-486-6271.
UConn Home and Garden Education Center, 2017
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