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August TIPS

  • Make notes for next year while things are blooming. 

  • Dig potatoes after the tops have died down.

     

  • Prune strawberry runners to keep the bed orderly. 

     

  • Buy fall mums. 

     

  • Water newly planted shrubs and trees.

     

  • Stop pruning shrubs.

     

  • Don't fertilize any more until leaves begin to change. Fertilizing in late summer causes growth which will probably be "nipped" by frost. 

     

  • Water evergreens thoroughly during dry weather.

     

  • Sow forget-me-not seed. It makes an attractive carpet planting for tulip beds. 

     

  • Sow poppy seeds.  August sown seed gives richer-colored flowers. 

     

  • Cut off foliage of bleeding hearts which has become unsightly. 

     

  • Fertilize peonies and work it into the soil. Transplant or divide them. 

     

  • Cuttings from English Ivy now will produce good house plants for winter.                                              
  • Set the lawn mower at 2 1/2 to 3 inches to help the grass stay hydrated.

  • Reseed lawn bare spots with mixed grass seed varieties. 

     

  • Bring amaryllis inside.

     

  • Sow lettuces and greens, carrots, beets and turnips and don't worry about how big they get. They taste wonderful while still immature. Be sure to keep all of these well watered, also, a bit of mulch will keep the tender roots cool.

     

  • It's a good time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees. This will allow them to establish some good roots before the ground freezes.   

                                                  

 Maine Vegetable Gardening: Keep Your Garden Growing - Plant From Spring To Fall

 

 

Early Spring Midspring Early Summer Midsummer to Fall
Plant as soon as the ground can be worked Plant two weeks before the average last frost date Plant when soil & sun are warm Plant in late June-early July
PLANTS PLANTS PLANTS PLANTS
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower Eggplant
Pepper
Tomato
Beet
Broccoli
Carrot
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Radish
SEEDS SEEDS SEEDS SEEDS
Endive
Lettuce
Onion Sets
Pea
Radish
Spinach
Turnip
Beet
Carrot
Onion Sets
Parsnips
Swiss Chard
Cucumber
Lima Beans
Melon
Okra
Pumpkin
Squash
Winter Potatoes
Beet
Broccoli
Carrot
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Radish
  Plant 1 Week Later   Plant In Early August
  Bean
Corn
Early Potatoes
  Broccoli *
Cabbage *
Cauliflower *
SEEDS:
Lettuce
Spinach
Turnip
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Plant 10 Weeks Before Last Frost
SEEDS:
Beet
Carrot

 

*Plants are set out later than seeds as sown because hot weather is not favorable for growth

 

 

Planting Seeds Indoors Weeks To Sow Indoors Before Last Frost Weeks To Germination Set Out Transplants
Broccoli 5-7 1-2 After frost, late summer
Brussel Sprouts 4-6 1-2 After frost, late summer
Cabbage 5-8 1-2 After frost, late summer
Cauliflower 5-8 1-2 After frost, late summer
Cucumbers 2-3 1-2 2 weeks after frost
Eggplant 8-9 2-3 Midspring, early summer
Leeks 10-12 2-3 Mid to late spring
Head Lettuce 3-5 2-3 After frost
Onions 6-8 2-3 After frost
Peppers 8-10 1-2 Mid to late spring
Tomatoes 6-8 2-3 Mid to late spring

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