Garden tips of the month August

August is often a warm month and that requires extra attention to the care of your garden. Watering is the most important thing in August. Don’t forget to fill the saucer with water for the birds and hedgehogs in your garden!

If you go on holiday, ask neighbours or relatives to water your plants. In the vegetable garden, make sure you have harvested as much as possible before you leave. If necessary, you can install an automatic watering system to supply your plants with water.

Flowers and borders
Plant autumn bulbs. Amaryllis also does well in your garden, not just indoors. Alstroemerias are also recommended. Autumn bulbs give your garden exotic flowers. The Kliplelie (Nerine bowdenii) comes from South Africa and it needs a dry, sunny location. Sandy soil is fine, they do not like too much manure. Especially in tubs in the shelter of a south-western wall. Autumn crocus (Colchicum), which resembles the crocus, also flowers in September.

When the lavender has finished flowering, harvest the fragrant branches as dried flowers or for use in sachets. Prune back a third of the plant so that the bunch does not become too messy. This also applies to other shrubs such as thyme.

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