August already? How can that be? Just in case you’re thinking of taking it easy, here’s your August to-do list.

  • Take advantage of our local farmer’s markets. There is one in almost every town in the valley. Support our local food growers
  • It’s time to think about seeding a new lawn or over seeding an established lawn. Start your prep work now, by the middle of the month your soil will be ready to germinate the seed quickly. The soil temperature will be nice and warm and the days are cooler so it’s easier to keep the seed bed moist, which is necessary for successful germination.
  • If you are trying to get an amaryllis to bloom again, stop watering the end of this month. The leaves will begin to yellow and die back. Bring in before frost.
  • Continue watching for spider mites. They like it hot and dry. Wash them off or use an insecticide that lists mites. Not all do.
  • Tomato plants are thriving and that means you need to keep an eye out for the tomato hornworm. These are the larvae of one of the large, brown, hummingbird moths you see flying around your flowers in the evening. If you notice sticks where you should see leaves, and droppings on your plant that look like a mouse has been there, start looking for the very well camouflaged worm. They are huge and creepy and hard to see. Shake the plant and listen. They make a clicking, hissing sound. Handpick them, use BT, or an insecticide labeled for use in the vegetable garden.
  • Black rotten spots on the bottom of your tomatoes? It’s called blossom-end rot and is a calcium deficiency that can be brought on by uneven watering. Keep the soil around your plants consistently moist. This problem can affect peppers and squash, too. D&B carries a product called Blossom-End Rot that is labeled for this problem.
  • Collect flowers, rose petals, and seedpods to use for potpourri. It will give you a bit of your garden to enjoy through the winter.
  • If you notice powdery mildew make sure that your plants aren’t getting watered at night. Try to keep water off the leaves of the plant. Clean up the fallen leaves. Fungicides are available to help control this fungus. Read the label carefully.
  • Collect seed from some of your favorite non-hybrid plants for growing next season. The plants should be mature and healthy. Dry the seeds well before storing and make sure you label them unless you like a surprise garden.
  • Don’t fertilize your woody ornamental plants any more. That means trees and shrubs. Roses, included.
  • Enter something in a local Fair and bring home a ribbon.
  • Take a picture of your garden. It somehow looks much different when you see it in a picture.
  • Enjoy the last month of summer before the kids go back to school.

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