Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

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August can be a laid back month in the garden. When it is hot, everyone is tempted to stay inside and wait for the cooler days of fall to venture out to the garden. But we should be taking advantage of cool mornings and evenings to be out in the garden now because there are some things we should do in high summer to keep the garden in top form and ready for cooler fall days


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Carol Michel is a lifelong gardener and resident of Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture Production from Purdue University.
She regularly writes gardening related topics for Indiana Gardening and on her award-winning garden blog, She is the author of the recently released book Potted & Pruned: Living a Gardening Life.

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1.) Keep the vegetable garden looking fresh.

1. Keep the vegetable garden looking fresh by removing non-producing plants and any diseased or insect infested plants. Healthy plants that have just stopped producing can go on the compost pile. Diseased or insect infested plants should be thrown in the trash. Bare ground can soon become weedy, so plant a cover crop to keep weeds down..


2.) Sow seeds for fall harvest.

2. Sow seeds for a fall harvest of vegetables like lettuce, beets, and kale. Even peas can be planted now.

  • Lettuce, Heatwave Blend, , large
  • Beet, Merlin Hybrid, , large
  • Kale, Prizm Hybrid, , large

3.) Try new recipes.

3. Try new recipes to make good use of extra produce from your vegetable garden. If your kitchen counters are covered with squash, green beans, eggplants and tomatoes, start cooking!

4.) Order flower bulbs for fall planting.

4. Order flower bulbs now for fall planting to avoid the disappointment of seeing your favorite flowers sold out before you get to them. 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.

  • Crocus, Giant Mix , , large
  • Tulip, Single Late Mix, , large
  • Daffodils, Mixed, , large

5.) Keep watering the garden.

5. Keep watering the garden if we don’t get rain. In many areas of the Midwest, rain has been scarce so the garden needs extra watering as the summer winds down. The right irrigation equipment will make this job less of a burden.

  • Galcon 9001D Hose End LCD Timer, , large
  • Gatorhyde Coiled Garden Hose, , large
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