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August is for Alfresco and a Favorite Amaranth

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What are those purple boxes up in the trees?

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 Having difficulties with roses? See if these suggestions help. Go to page C5.   

Early wet weather set the stage for many fungal diseases on deciduous trees, like maple anthracnose. What should you do about them? See


Ten Tips for the August Gardener:

  1. Not growing your own fruits and veggies? Be sure to stop by farm stands and take advantage of local produce. Go to  to find a local PYO!
  2. Harvest onions, garlic and potatoes when tops die.
  3. Keep cucumbers, summer squash and zucchini picked so plants will continue to produce.
  4. Apply a couple of drops of mineral oil at the tip of the ear of sweet corn just when the silks are starting to brown to control corn earworms. Harvest when silks dry and husks tighten.
  5. Remove diseased foliage from tomatoes. Put it in the trash or bury it. Do not compost.
  6. Avoiding picking beans when foliage is wet as it can spread disease. There’s still time for at least one more planting of quick maturing bush beans.
  7. Wait until mid August to divide and transplant most perennials.
  8. Harvest and dry herbs for later use.
  9. Stop pruning most trees and shrubs as pruning stimulates new growth that may not have time to harden off before the first cold snap of winter.
  10. Start thinking about ordering spring flowering bulbs to be planted this fall.

Events/ Programs/Save the Dates:

Vermicompost Bin Building Workshop - August 11, 2011. Middlesex County Cooperative Extension Center. Call (860) 486-4274 to register. Limited attendance. Free worms but need to bring your own bin materials. Go to for more information.


Lawn Care Seminars – Three free seminars by turf guru, Pamm Cooper. Does your lawn need help? Drop by for one of these free talks held on August 31 in Tolland, September 1 in Brooklyn, and September in New London. Go to for more information.


Save the Date! Compost Information and Bin Building Workshop, September 24, 2011. New London County Extension Center, Norwich, CT. Information available soon on our website.

An Antique Amaranthus

A favorite flower of both lovers of old-fashioned flowers and something completely different, love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) usually grows about 3 feet tall and has curious, velvety feeling, cascading catkins of usually red to magenta flowers. Such a beautiful plant yet believe it or not, it is related to that pigweed that so many of us spend much of the summer removing from our garden beds. Members of the amaranthus family are grown in many parts of the world for their edible seeds and leaves. There are a number of amaranthus species and cultivars that would be great additions to flower beds and even vegetable gardens. Check them out when looking for interesting characters for next year’s gardens.

Photo by Dawn Pettinelli, UConn






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