August Gardening To do list

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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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