Text by Nancy Johnston
August 1 – Thoroughly water lawn and gardens.
August 2 – Clean weeds and debris from pond.
Thin out marginal and floating plants to 50/50 sun and shade.
August 4 – Clean pond pumps and filter. Top up water level.
August 5 — Raise blade on lawnmower. Cut grass.
August 6 – Deadhead flowerbeds. Pick bouquet for house.
August 9 – Water lawn and gardens.
August 11 – Cut back foliage and stems on hardy geraniums.
Lift and put up rooted strawberry runners.
August 12 – Turn and water compost.
Cut grass leaving clippings for protection.
Clean patio furniture and BBQ.
August 13 – Harvest corn, tomatoes and salad greens for Civic Holiday Picnic.
Pick bouquet of flowers for centerpiece.
August 16 – Scrub out birdbath with mild detergent. Fill with fresh water.
August 18 – Power wash paving stones.
Cut old fruited canes from raspberry bushes.
August 19 – Weed and deadhead flowerbeds. Cut back dead foliage and stems of herbaceous plants.
August 21 – Fertilize fruit trees.
August 23 – Cut grass, leaving clippings for protection. Pick flowers for house bouquets.
August 25 – Paint fence and shed.
August 26 – Prepare area for new flowerbed. Enrich with compost. Collect seeds for sowing in new beds.
August 29 – Fill hummingbird feeder.
September 1 – Trim evergreens.
September 2 – Harvest ripe tomatoes, onions, jalapeño peppers and cilantro.
September 3 – Mulch roses. Fertilize and water flowerbeds. Cut grass.
Cover pond under tree with netting to keep falling leaves out.
September 6 – Mulch rhubarb.
Cut off old asparagus tops.
September 8 – Clean out cold frame.
Pull spent annuals and compost if free of pests and diseases.
Turn and water compost.
September 9 – Collect tree and shrub seeds for spring sowing.
September 10 – Water lawn and gardens.
September 12 – Cut grass and fertilize with high potassium lawn feed to harden for winter.
September 14 – Harvest remainder of herbs. Replenish fresh supply, tie and hang the rest to dry for later use.
September 15 – Dig up remaining potatoes.
Pull spent vegetable plant matter. Compost if free of pests and disease.
September 18 – Update garden journal.
September 20 – Dig up dahlia tubers and store in sawdust.
September 23 – Sow collected hardy annual seeds in newly established flowerbed.
Sow spring flowering biennials like viola and foxglove.
September 24 – Plant oriental poppies in new bed.
September 27 – Get mower blades, lopper and trimmer blades sharpened.
September 29 – Plant spring bulbs.
Plant peas, onions and leeks for early spring harvest.
September 30 – Purchase and plant Japanese maple in back corner of yard.