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Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

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 brings new sounds and scents to the garden as the locusts sing from high in the trees and the temperatures soar at the height of summer. Kids and gardeners alike might start to mourn the end of summer, but there is still a lot of gardening to do in August before fall really arrives.


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1. Pull out any non-producing vegetable plants and plant some cover crops on bare ground

1. In August, many vegetable plants will quit producing, so it is time to pull them out of the garden and either toss them on a compost pile or if they show signs of disease or insect damage, toss them in the trash. Then overseed bare areas with a cover crop to replenish the soil and keep weeds from moving in.


2. Sow seeds for fall lettuce, beets, and kale

2. There is still time to sow seeds directly in the garden for fall harvested vegetables including lettuce, beets, and kale.

  • Lettuce, All Season Romaine Blend, , large
  • Beet, Three Color Blend, , large
  • Kale, Red Winter Organic, , large

3. Try new recipes if you are harvesting a lot of squash, green beans, and tomatoes

3. If your kitchen counters are covered with squash, green beans and tomatoes, now is a good time try out new recipes to use up all that produce.

4. Order flower bulbs now for fall planting to avoid “sold out” signs later on

4. Order bulbs now for spring blooms before they are sold out. Most of the spring flowering bulbs will be shipped when it is time to plant them later in the fall. Order a variety of tulips, daffodils and crocuses to have blooms throughout the springtime.

  • Tulip, Early Prince  Mix , , large
  • Daffodils 100 Days, , large
  • Mix, Tulip Hearts Delight and Crocus Yellow Mammoth, , large

5. Keep weeding, cutting back, and tidying up the garden to make it less of a chore in the fall

5. Keep weeding, cutting back, and tidying up the garden as you can through the month to make it less of a chore when fall comes. The right tools make any garden job easier.

  • Garden Tools -  Weed Puller, , large
  • Cobrahead® Weeder/Cultivator, , large
  • Straight Blade Pruning Shear, , large