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50 Jobs To Do in the Garden in August

August Gardening Guide for Fruits and Vegetables: 50 Essential Tasks in the UK

As summer continues to grace the United Kingdom with its warm embrace, the month of August marks a pivotal time for gardeners to tend to their beloved fruits and vegetables. With the harvest season just around the corner, there's much to be done to ensure a bountiful yield and healthy garden. In this comprehensive guide, we'll provide you with a detailed checklist of 50 essential tasks to carry out in your UK garden during the month of August.


  • Pick Ripe Produce: Regularly harvest ripe fruits and vegetables to ensure they're at their peak flavour and quality.

  • Collect Seeds: Save seeds from non-hybrid plants for next year's planting season.

  • Check for Pests: Inspect plants for signs of pests and remove any affected fruits or vegetables promptly.

Soil Care:

  • Mulch Beds: Apply mulch to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

  • Watering: Water deeply and consistently, especially during dry spells.

  • Feed the Soil: Apply a balanced fertilizer to replenish nutrients that have been used up by growing plants.

Planting and Sowing:

  • Plant Autumn Crops: Begin sowing late-season crops like radishes, spinach, and lettuce for a fall harvest.

  • Sow Green Manures: Plant cover crops like clover or winter rye to enrich the soil over winter.

  • Transplant Seedlings: Start seedlings indoors for next year's garden, including brassicas and onions.

Pruning and Maintenance:

  • Pinch off Shoots: Pinch out the growing tips of tomato and cucumber plants to encourage ripening of existing fruit.

  • Trim Perennials: Prune perennial herbs like oregano and thyme to promote new growth.

Pest and Disease Management:

  • Monitor Aphids: Keep an eye out for aphid infestations on roses and other plants, and take action as needed.

  • Deal with Mildew: Treat powdery mildew on courgettes and other susceptible plants with appropriate fungicides.

Wildlife and Pollinators:

  • Provide Water: Place shallow dishes of water around the garden for birds, bees, and other wildlife.

  • Attract Beneficial Insects: Plant flowers like marigolds and alyssum to attract pollinators and predators.

Greenhouse Care:

  • Ventilation: Keep greenhouses well-ventilated to prevent overheating on sunny days.

  • Shade Plants: Use shading materials to protect plants from excessive sunlight and heat.

Harvest and Preserve:

  • Preserve Fruits: Make jams, jellies, and sauces with surplus fruits.

  • Freeze Veggies: Blanch and freeze excess vegetables for use during the colder months.

Pruning Fruit Trees:

  • Thin Fruits: Remove excess fruits from fruit trees to improve size and quality.

  • Remove Suckers: Trim away unwanted shoots from the base of fruit trees.

Harvesting Fruit:

  • Harvest Stone Fruits: Gather ripe plums, peaches, and cherries for delicious summer treats.

  • Collect Berries: Harvest strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries as they ripen.

Sowing for Winter:

  • Sow Winter Spinach: Plant spinach for a late fall or winter harvest.

  • Start Winter Brassicas: Begin sowing Brussels sprouts, kale, and winter cabbage.

Summer Bulbs:

  • Lift and Store Bulbs: If you have summer-flowering bulbs like gladioli, dig them up and store them in a cool, dry place.

  • Plant Autumn Bulbs: Start planting autumn-flowering bulbs like crocuses and colchicums.

Herb Care:

  • Dry Herbs: Harvest and dry herbs like mint, oregano, and thyme for culinary use.

  • Trim Herb Growth: Prune back leggy growth on herbs to encourage bushier growth.

Greenhouse Maintenance:

  • Clean Greenhouse: Clear out old plants, sanitize surfaces, and clean windows for better light transmission.

  • Check for Pests: Inspect plants for pests that might have taken shelter in the greenhouse.

Watering and Drought Management:

  • Deep Watering: Water deeply and infrequently to encourage deep root growth.

  • Drought-Resistant Plants: Choose drought-tolerant varieties for planting in areas with water restrictions.

Maintain Garden Tools:

  • Clean Tools: Clean and sanitize your gardening tools to prevent the spread of diseases.

  • Sharpen Blades: Sharpen pruners and shears to ensure clean cuts.

Protect from Strong Winds:

  • Stake Tall Plants: Secure tall plants to prevent them from getting knocked over by strong winds.

  • Windbreaks: Create windbreaks using screens or fences to shield delicate plants.

Summer Flower Care:

  • Deadhead Flowers: Remove spent blooms from flowering plants to encourage continuous blooming.

  • Water Container Plants: Keep container plants well-watered as they tend to dry out quickly.

Garden Record Keeping:

  • Maintain Garden Journal: Record your garden activities, successes, and challenges for future reference.

  • Update Plant Labels: Make sure plant labels are accurate and visible for easy identification.

Plan for Autumn:

  • Order Fall Bulbs: Place orders for autumn-flowering bulbs to ensure availability.

  • Plan Fall Planting: Start planning for fall planting of perennials and trees.

Enjoy the Garden:

  • Relax in the Garden: Take time to simply enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of your garden.

  • Host a Garden Party: Invite friends and family to celebrate your garden's bounty.

Share Your Harvest:

  • Share Excess Produce: Gift surplus fruits and vegetables to neighbors or local food banks.

  • Swap with Other Gardeners: Participate in community garden exchanges to diversify your produce.

Wildlife Habitat:

  • Provide Shelter: Leave areas of your garden wild to create habitat for birds, insects, and small mammals.

  • Set Up Bird Feeders: Hang bird feeders to attract and feed feathered visitors.

  • Reflect and Plan: Take a moment to reflect on your successes and lessons learned during the growing season, and begin planning for next year's garden.

In the heart of August, your UK garden is a thriving hub of growth and potential. By following this comprehensive checklist of 50 essential tasks, you'll be well-equipped to nurture your fruits and vegetables, ensuring a successful harvest and a vibrant garden that continues to flourish well into the autumn months. Happy gardening!


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