August Garden: My Things To Do

I’m a little late on this list since we’re already over a week into August but over weekend I’ve come up with a list of things that I need to accomplish in the garden this month. As is very easy to do the garden has gotten away from me and with the start of football season coming soon it’s time for a garden blitz!

  1. Weed all the gardens and rediscover my lost plants!  The other day while weeding in the corner shade garden I almost pulled up a young hydrangea by mistake. I could have kicked myself (I’m not sure how that is physically possible) for not being more careful but that is one of the hazards of letting things go so wild. Be careful that you don’t do the same but I guarantee that one day you’ll pull something out of the garden you didn’t want removed!
  2. Mulch.  Some garden areas are cleaned up enough to put down a good layer of mulch for fall, yes I said fall. It’s coming faster than you think. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, I just wish it lasted all the way to my other favorite time of the year – spring! Be on the lookout for the Fall Color Project which is my yearly tribute to the Autumn changes. Bloggers get ready to join in!  I bought 6 bales of pine straw for our side border garden that I hope to put down very soon. I use the newspaper mulch method to help keep the weeds down.
  3. Prune.  My dappled willows are getting a out of control and need trimmed back a little. I’m planning on using the cuttings to make more dappled willows.  I also have a sycamore tree and a birch tree that need limbed up. Too many low branches block usable garden areas.
  4. Garden Shed projects. I have some ideas for a potting bench setup. I also need to get some painting done. I have a more extensive list on the garden shed page.
  5. Clean up the vegetable garden! I need to clean out some areas for fall planting. It’s that time of year! I’ll be starting my seeds indoors for lettuce, spinach, and a few others. Most fall vegetables seem to enjoy temperatures closer to the low 70’s for germination and our 90 degree August days are far away from that!  I’ll have to harden them off to the heat but I’ll have a better germination rate than direct sowing outdoors.
  6. Prep for my daughter’s 6th birthday party!  Time flies.  Time to get the yard cleaned up for crowd of cake hungry little first graders – also time to make sure we have plenty of ibuprofen!

My Daughter Going To School 2011
My Daughter in 2008

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8 thoughts on “August Garden: My Things To Do”

  1. Hi Dave, Looks like you're taking a good, close look at your list! With a family, one has to be a better planner. Your daughter is as cute as can be – helpful, I'm sure!! 🙂

    Your garden shed looks wonderful, btw!

  2. Hi Dave, Fall is a good time to catch up with our chores. The awful heat does have a tendency to slow one down. Not to mention other situations.
    I too need to finish my chores for Fall planting. Still way too hot here.
    Your garden looks fine, so does your shed. I really like your shed.
    Your daughter sure looks grown up ready for school.

  3. Quite a list of things to do in your garden. I have begun to see some signs of fall with some trees getting yellowed leaves and some falling. I haven't gotten as far along as you in starting to think about fall gardening, though.

    I have a dappled willow, and I really like it. They can get out of control, though. I have been able to keep on top of this one so far, thank goodness.


  4. You are so goo to make a list, I must do this. I have already started what could be called a garden clean up, cutting down spent plants, etc. Where has this summer gone?


  5. What a great garden helper!! I've been watching my daughters girls & baby boy (3 months) since she went back to work, & the girls (6 & 11) adore looking for the ripe figs, & cutting them to 'share' …. they've been helping me garden for years, & the 11 now 'housesits' for neighbors who use a rainbarrel, & water for them!

    I also have a late summer/fall 'to do' list that looks so similar! Love the garden shed, have a garage with great window looking out on the garden – but has rather hap-hazard storage!!

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