Your Regional Garden News - Zone 5

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.  

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August is the last of the hot months where high temperatures can halt flowering, and rain is sporadic at best. The vegetable garden is in full production and the summer flowers are attracting butterflies, pollinators and humming birds. Here are some things to do while you are enjoying the garden.


    Gardening in the dog days of summer

    The heat of August can be oppressive, so limit your gardening to morning or evening, and take a break from heavy gardening chores. The plants react to summer heat too and overwatering can be fatal to them.


    Watering to keep the garden healthy

    Both containers and the main garden will need some water during the hot summer. Make sure that you have the right watering equipment to deliver the water correctly and at the right time. Telescopic heads make water high containers easy and row vegetables can be watered on a timer and drip line. Timers allow your garden to be watered before you get up too!


    Harvesting the summer produce

    If you grow summer squash you are likely harvesting enough for the neighborhood by now! Gather the crops in a sturdy container to take them to the kitchen. Whether you like traditional baskets or functional totes, Burpee has the right style for you!


    Learn about Composting

    There is no wrong time to start composting and the middle of summer is as good as any other. The outer leaves of cabbages, kitchen scraps and dead flower blooms can all go into the compost. In fall, those dead leaves can be added too.


    Harvesting for Fall

    The summer harvest is at its peak and when you have a little too much it is easy to preserve the harvest for winter when you appreciate it. Canning, freezing, pickling and drying are all ways to preserve the healthy herbs and vegetables of summer.

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Gardening Tip of the Day

  • Frequent foot traffic wears turf away because it compacts the soil, depriving grass roots of oxygen. There are two ways to reduce soil compaction. The liquid way is to spray a product containing humic acid on worn spots a couple of times a year. Humic acid loosens and conditions packed soil, especially clay. The mechanical way is to use a spiking tool to punch holes in the compacted area to allow oxygen to enter the soil.