August - August is a time to relax, have friends round, and enjoy a BBQ in the garden. There should be plenty of fresh produce to accompany your meal.
Tip: Water...the enviromental way
Worried about being a water waster? Do water your garden if it needs it in the summer however rather than reaching for the sprinkler why not install a water butt or three. Water butts should be your first port of call with the watering can, only when they run dry is it time to turn on the tap.
In the greenhouse
Tip: Have a head start on hyacinth
Hyacinths flowering at Christmas are something I remember fondly from my childhood. In order to have the earliest fragrant hyacinths in bloom for Christmas or early in the New Year plant bulbs as soon as they are available, usually around mid August. Plant them in pots of bulb fibre, compost specifically for bulbs, or grow in hyacinth glasses. Keep in a cool, dark place for 10-12 weeks before moving to a bright windowsill.
Fruit and vegetables
Tip: Barmy about beans?
Beans will keep coming if you regularly continue to pick them. This keeps them flowering and cropping into late summer. Remember thought beans are thirsty plants, so you must water them regularly. Lack of moisture can halt flower production. If you are going on holiday do get a neighbour to pick your crop, allowing flowers to set and new pods to be ready for your return.
Around the garden
Tip: Compost lawn clippings
Don’t put lawn clippings in the dustbin; add them to your compost bin. Thanks to fungi and bacteria the clippings soon warm up to improve the composting process. Ensure thought that you don’t add think layers as they will settle to form a solid, wet layer that won’t rot properly. Push a fork into the bin to mix up the material, alternatively mix the clippings with other material before adding to your compost bin.