What jobs should I do in the garden this month? Garden jobs in August

At this time of year I would normally be writing that the summer is upon us and our gardens are flourishing but this year is a little different. The garden is flourishing but that’s due in part to all this rain rather than the glory of the sunshine. Still our hearts are filled with glory as we bask in the Olympic fever which has gripped the UK. I have managed to take in my first Judo matches at the Excel arena where along with 10,000 others I cheered Gemma Gibbons onto a silver medal. The atmosphere was amazing and we are doing so well that I truly hope we really can inspire a generation.

If you need a little garden inspiration now and into the Autumn start thinking ahead and plan for a Autumn filled with colour – why not some bronzes, silvers and GOLDS!

Borders

Trim lavender once it has finished flowering. Hang to dry and then mix with dry rice to fill lavender bags later, or make lavender sugar.  Layer fresh lavender leaves in jars between 3cm of caster sugar. Seal the jars and store to use later – it’s delicious in cakes. Remove flowers before using or crush with the sugar in a pestle and mortar.

Plant colchicums, cyclamens and crocus to naturalise in grass or under trees.

Propagating and general maintenance

Take cuttings of established box plants – book on one of my box trimming workshops for next summer.

Spread a compost mulch around fruit bushes, asparagus and rhubarb. Ensure the ground is moist first.

Prune rambler roses after flowering. Tie in new growth and remove some of the old stems near to the ground.

Give hedges a final trim to get them into shape for the autumn. And trim silver leaved plants to shape now

If you have bare patches of lawn these can be reseeded from the end of the month if the weather is cool.

Collect ripe seeds form flowering plants for a display next year.

Vegetables

Lift and dry onions and shallots.

Harvest sweet corn at lunch time and have a pan of boiling water already on the go. Put the cobs straight in and eat as soon as they are ready. They will be delicious as you catch them before any of their natural sugar turns to starch.

Encourage further cropping of beans and courgettes with regular picking.

Look out for potato blight which has become a real problem with the prolonged wet this year. Cut back all foliage at the first sign and wait 3 weeks before digging potatoes.

Complete summer pruning of trained fruit trees such as espaliers and cordons.

Prune back to ground level summer fruited raspberry canes.

Start to sow seeds for autumn picking. Sow directly into the ground or in modules to plant out later. The following can all be grown well into Autumn and cropped as cut and come again. Protect with fleece if you want to continue cutting into winter.  Sow, kale, Swiss chard, mustard spinach, chicory, lambs lettuce, lettuce and rocket now.

If you have a garden, interior or landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.