Your Regional Garden News - Zone 4

August 1 to August 30


Discover what you should be doing right now.  Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.  

Here's what's happening in your gardening region:

August in a Zone 3 and 4 garden is glorious. Ornamental gardens are at their height of beauty. Annuals have been putting on a magnificent show. Gardeners have been eating fresh food from the vegetable garden, reveling in the bountiful harvest. It's time to plant a fall garden and start plans for next year - already!

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • Don’t ignore garden debris that can harbor insects and diseases to attack next year’s garden. Collect leaves, sticks and plant stems and run them through a shredder before adding to the compost pile. If the pile heats up well (to about 170 degrees), most insects, weed seed and diseases should be destroyed. If you don't compost, use the debris as mulch on unrelated plants. For example, don't put tomato debris where tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes will be planted next spring. For that matter, use all vegetable waste to mulch bushes, trees and perennials. Simply rake plant debris into rows and run a mulching lawn mower over it several times before spreading.