August’s Monthly Gardening Guide is all about the peak of summer harvest as we wind down the dog days of summer. Gardening Guides are based on personal experience in Zone 4. Don’t hesitate with any questions about the information here, or how it could apply to your own zone.
Monthly Gardening Guide: August—Dog Days of Summer
Although August has less chores on the ol’ list, don’t let it fool you. The workload is heavy, indeed. And it’s heavy because harvest is in full swing, baby. Stay calm and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Check all trellises as this is when they are put under the most pressure with all that fruit you’ve grown. I’ve had some snap under the weight of all the tomatoes!
Sow radishes, carrots, beets, and greens for crops into fall/winter. You may want to add support for row covers; once fall arrives, they’ll protect from light frosts. Transplant any fall seedlings.
August’s harvest list is not terribly different from July, except everything is putting on a color show and overflowing! Pull and cure onions and garlic to last through the winter. August is also a great time to harvest herbs before they go to flower. Bonus: we’ve gotten our first mushroom crop, heat-tolerant Golden Oysters.
Clear beds of weeds as well as crops that are done producing or going to seed. This is also a great time to plant a cover crop.
August is the perfect time to start preserving your harvest. I know it’s hot outside, but let’s get that canner going, you hear?! Can, pickle, freeze, and dehydrate all that summer goodness so you can enjoy it all year long.
Have any additional tips to add to August’s monthly gardening guide? Don’t hesitate to drop me a line!