Your Regional Garden News - Zone 6

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

  • Order spring bulbs now for the best selection. They will arrive at the correct planting time for your hardiness zone.
    If you have indeterminate type tomato plants that continue to grow until killed by a frost, cut off the tops of their main stems now to prevent them from flowering and setting any more new fruit. It will seldom ripen before a frost occurs and the energy is better invested in the green fruit already on the vines.
    Now is a good time to plant or transplant evergreens. Water them faithfully and mulch well to get them off to a good start. Do not fertilize until next year.
    Now is also a good time to order and plant pansies. They will bloom this fall, but will really put on a show next spring.