August Gardening To Do List

December gardening

Zone 1
  • Sow seeds of wildflowers and fall veggies
  • Aerate, dethatch and fertilize the lawn
  • As first frosts threaten, pick mature green tomatoes to ripen in a dark, cool place indoors
  • Purchase containerized trees and shrubs to plant now
  • Pick herbs to dry for winter soups, stews and baking
  • Begin to dig up summer bulbs to store indoors
  • Order spring bulbs to force indoors
  • Build up weather resistance of trees and shrubs with deep waterings throughout the fall
  • Start moving tender plants indoors to acclimatize them or take cuttings
  • Spread newly made compost around trees, shrubs and perennials; winter weather will work it into the soil

Zone 2

  • Plant hardy Oriental and Asiatic lilies
  • Sow seeds of wildflowers, spring-blooming annuals and fall veggies
  • Aerate, dethatch and fertilize the lawn
  • Start moving tender plants indoors to acclimatize them or take cuttings
  • Pick herbs to dry for winter soups, stews and baking
  • As first frosts threaten, pick mature green tomatoes to ripen in a dark, cool place indoors
  • Purchase containerized trees and shrubs to plant now
  • Plan ahead for an extended harvest by building or buying a cold frame
  • Begin to dig up summer bulbs to store indoors
  • Order spring bulbs to force indoors

Zone 3
  • Sow seeds of wildflowers, spring-blooming annuals and fall veggies
  • Lift, divide and transplant perennials
  • Plant hardy Oriental and Asiatic lilies
  • Aerate, dethatch and fertilize the lawn
  • Start moving houseplants and other tender plants indoors to acclimatize
  • Pick herbs to dry for winter soups, stews and baking
  • Order trees and shrubs now for fall planting
  • Plan ahead for an extended harvest by building or buying a cold frame
  • Blanch tomatoes for freezing and canning by boiling them for just a few minutes and slipping off the skins
  • Order spring bulbs to force indoors

Zone 4

  • Lift, divide and transplant perennials
  • Order peonies for fall planting
  • Divide and transplant bearded iris
  • Start moving houseplants and other tender plants indoors to acclimatize
  • Enjoy a case of the late summer "blues" with a palette of aconitum, caryopteris, fall asters and reblooming iris in your planting schemes
  • Blanch tomatoes for freezing and canning by boiling them for just a few minutes and slipping off the skins
  • Plant fall-blooming crocus and colchicum for late-season flowering
  • Prepare beds for planting bulbs and divide any existing bulbs that might be overcrowded
  • Build up weather resistance of trees and shrubs with deep waterings now throughout the fall
  • Look forward to something different next spring: try alliums in your bulb garden

Zone 5

  • Sow seeds of fall vegetables
  • Order peonies for fall planting
  • Divide and transplant bearded iris
  • Plan perennial beds for fall and winter color with ornamental grasses, fall-blooming bulbs and hardy heaths and heathers
  • Harvest vegetables continuously to stretch their season
  • Sprinkle compost starter to speed up composting for fall soil building
  • Prune summer-blooming shrubs (hydrangea, clethra, caryopteris) after flowers finish
  • Plant garlic now for spring harvests
  • Look forward to something different next spring: try alliums in your bulb garden
  • Enjoy a case of the late summer "blues" with a palette of hardy ageratum, caryopteris, fall asters and reblooming iris in your planting schemes

 

Zone 6

  • Sow seeds of fall veggies and annuals
  • Plan perennial beds for fall and winter color with ornamental grasses, fall-blooming bulbs and hardy heaths and heathers
  • Divide and transplant bearded iris
  • Harvest vegetables continuously to stretch their season
  • Sprinkle compost starter to speed up composting for fall soil building
  • Prune summer-blooming shrubs (hydrangea, clethra, caryopteris) after flowers finish
  • Plant garlic now for spring harvests
  • Look forward to something different next spring: try alliums in your bulb garden
  • Sow seeds of cool-weather herbs (chives, parsley)
  • Enjoy a case of the late summer "blues" with a palette of hardy ageratum, caryopteris, fall asters and reblooming iris in your planting schemes

Zone 7

  • Harvest vegetables continuously to stretch their season
  • Sprinkle compost starter to speed up composting for fall soil building
  • Prune summer-blooming shrubs (hydrangea, clethra, caryopteris) after flowers finish
  • Plant garlic now for spring harvests
  • Dig gently to harvest potatoes a few plants at a time
  • Look forward to something different next spring: try alliums in your bulb garden
  • Sow seeds of cool-weather herbs (chives, parsley, garlic chives, cilantro and dill)
  • Plan perennial beds for fall and winter color with ornamental grasses, fall-blooming bulbs and hardy heaths and heathers
  • Enjoy fall fragrance by planting autumn clematis (Clematis paniculata), flowering tobacco and annual stock
  • Keep cool during summer's dog days with a shade garden embroidered with hostas and hardy ferns
  • Color up your bulb garden with fall bloomers (lycoris, fall crocus, colchicum)

 

Zone 8

  • Color up your bulb garden with fall bloomers (lycoris, fall crocus, colchicum)
  • Prepare rose beds for fall planting
  • Pick vegetables early in the day while they're crisp
  • Plant out vegetable seedlings and sow seed for fall harvests
  • Leach out alkaline buildup in the soil with deep waterings and applications of acid plant food
  • Dig gently to harvest potatoes, a few plants at a time
  • Sow seeds of cool-weather herbs (chives, parsley, garlic chives, cilantro and dill)
  • Enjoy fall fragrance by planting autumn clematis (Clematis paniculata), flowering tobacco and annual stock
  • Order and refrigerate bulbs that require a winter chill (tulips, crocus, hyacinths)
  • Keep cool during summer's dog days with a shade garden embroidered with hostas and hardy ferns

 

Zone 9

  • Sow seeds of cool-weather herbs (chives, parsley, garlic chives, cilantro and dill)
  • Prepare rose beds for fall planting of containerized roses
  • Order sweet pea seedlings now for winter bouquets
  • Pick vegetables early in the day while they're crisp
  • Plant out vegetable seedlings and sow seed for fall harvests
  • Leach out alkaline buildup in the soil with deep waterings and applications of acid plant food
  • Enjoy fall fragrance by planting autumn clematis (Clematis paniculata), flowering tobacco and annual stock
  • Order and refrigerate bulbs that require a winter chill (tulips, crocus, hyacinths)
  • Spray plants with the hose to knock off late-summer pests such as spider mite and whitefly
  • Stock up on seed for winter annuals and new perennials

 

Zone 10

  • Prepare rose beds for fall planting of containerized roses
  • Order sweet pea seedlings now for winter bouquets
  • Plant out vegetable seedlings and sow seed for fall harvests
  • Leach out alkaline buildup in the soil with deep waterings and applications of acid plant food
  • Spray plants with the hose to knock off late-summer pests such as spider mite and whitefly
  • Stock up on seed for winter annuals and new perennials
  • Trim and fertilize hanging basket plants to give them a second lease on life
  • Order and refrigerate bulbs that require a winter chill (tulips, crocus, hyacinths)

Zone 11

  • Prepare rose beds for fall planting of containerized roses
  • Order sweet pea seedlings for winter bouquets
  • Plant out vegetable seedlings and sow seed for fall harvests
  • Purchase and refrigerate bulbs that require a winter chill (tulips, crocus, hyacinths)
  • Leach out alkaline buildup in the soil with deep waterings and applications of acid plant food
  • Spray plants with the hose to knock off late-summer pests such as spider mite and whitefly
  • Sow seeds of cool-weather herbs (chives, parsley, garlic chives, cilantro and dill)
  • Prevent chlorosis in citrus trees with three feedings a year
  • Trim and fertilize hanging basket plants to give them a second lease on life

 

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