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Topic by MsDebbieP posted 08-01-2009 02:05 PM 3618 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

08-01-2009 02:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: august

What tasks are on your list for the month of August?

 

See all Monthly Tasks here

 

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 3755 days
hardiness zone 9

08-01-2009 09:16 PM

Cut back spent flowers, especially daylilies that are done blooming and tidy up the garden a bit. Continue with the weed battle and try to enjoy these last days of summer.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Bon

7374 posts in 3657 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-02-2009 09:31 AM

Hopefully pick some fresh tomatoes and carrots and cucumbers.I sure didn’t get any in July this year.Now that we finally have some hot weather maybe I can enjoy some more blooms on my flowers.I was told that Aug. was the best time to move Iris so I have a few of them to move around. Want to sow a few more hollyhock seeds in my border garden so they get a good start for next year.Near the end of the month I will start collecting seeds for next year.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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tjlily

1 post in 3126 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-02-2009 10:12 AM

Will try that Hollyhock seed thing…although the deer seem to love them. STILL dealing with lots of slugs. Beer troughs work great, but so much rain here, have to buy it by the gallon!! Got the Japanese beetles on the run. though.(Squish them and leave the bloody corpses on the plants seems to work well) Not enough sun for my tomatoes to get red….yet. But I’m hoping. Lots of Dahlia’s and even the Morning Glories are doing it. A total feast for my eyes.*

-- tjlily, Hudson Valley, New York

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Orchids77

268 posts in 3125 days
hardiness zone 5

08-03-2009 07:58 AM

Waiting for the tomatoes to ripen. Collecting seeds for next year.

Taking pictures of flowers . Going to set a day to take pictures of butterflies…so far I only the little white ones.

-- Orchids77

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mtkate

139 posts in 3215 days
hardiness zone 4

08-03-2009 04:15 PM

Canning, especially after seeing Scott’s post: http://gardentenders.com/members/DarkWolf/blog/1197

-- Zone 4a or 4b... depending on where you are standing!

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Iris43

3811 posts in 3506 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-03-2009 06:32 PM

Today I pruned back the sweet william seed heads. Collected some of the seed in a box, and sprinkled some here and there around the gardens.

Lots of pruning going on here to tidy up the spent blooms of lillys. Pruned back the pink spirea(maybe will get a second flush of flowers). Some of the hostas need the flower stems trimmed as well. The Heavenly Blue morning glories are growing a ‘mile a minute’ and getting ready to bloom. I have to weave the vines into the arbor evey morning to keep them growing in the direction that I want them.

Found two tomatoes this AM with some colour coming on them———-only a matter of a couple days now!

The butterfly bush is starting to flower, so I keep a close watch out for the butterflies and hummers. Saw two hummers sharing a feeder today. That is very unusual here.

I love watching the garden at this time of year. There aren’t too many chores and there are lots of flowers. Love it!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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GrandmaT

5389 posts in 3755 days
hardiness zone 9

08-03-2009 06:37 PM

I must add … eat our homegrown tomatoes!!! Picked second batch today and sliced them up with dinner. Man, there is nothing better!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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dini

1591 posts in 3593 days
hardiness zone 5

08-03-2009 08:16 PM

Deadheading
Weeding
Collecting seeds
Taking lots of pix, blowing them up, and circling the various clumps/plants (with captions), so come spring, I don’t accidentally weed out something I want!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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erika

435 posts in 2926 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-25-2010 08:40 AM

What should I do with all those carrots in my garden?

-- Erika, Hastings, ON

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Iris43

3811 posts in 3506 days
hardiness zone 5a

08-25-2010 08:54 AM

Erika, I would leave them in the garden for now. Pull only what you will use for your supper. Carrots should reach a certain ‘maturity’ before you lift them to keep for winter use, otherwise they will not keep. Do you have a ‘root cellar’? Once there has been a couple frosts on the carrots, you can lift them and store them in the root cellar.

Edited to add:
There are other ways to preserve your carrots for winter. I noted the above bc that’s what I do. You can also pickle some with dill. You can freeze them as well, but I have never done that. Preparing carrots for the freezer requires some time and effort…...more than just brushing the dirt off and storing them in the root cellar.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

08-25-2010 01:35 PM

cover them with leaves, straw…. and eat them right into the dead of winter.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Greenthumb

2290 posts in 3696 days

08-26-2010 11:32 PM

I’m moving

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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MsDebbieP

14694 posts in 3877 days
hardiness zone 5b

08-27-2010 02:31 AM

you’re moving? ? ???

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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