August TO DO

-Fertilize your plants,
-Deadhead (1) annuals,
-Prune Crepe Myrtle (2),
-Mow your lawn (3),
-Prune tomato suckers (4),
-Watch for bugs,
-Begin your Fall Kitchen Garden. Sow lettuce, spinach, mustard, kale, and other greens. Plant onion sets, etc. Plant these in NC,
-Save your herbs! Harvest oregano, chives, rosemary, sage, thyme, etc. foliage, and dry it for Winter. Best dry it either in muslin bags, or in a microwave,
-Take cuttings of Azalea, and other decorative shrubs, for rooting,
-Preserve your harvest (5)
-Be safe; inspect, and maintain garden bridges, and other outdoor furnishing.
-Take Rose bloom cuttings; it's good for your home decoration, and it's good for your Rose bush, it will promote more blooms.
(1)Petunias, and other annuals will bloom more vigorously, and abundantly, if you'll keep removing blooms that are fading away.
(2)If blooms on your Crepe Myrtle begin to fade, prune them, to promote second blooming.
(3)If you live in dry areas, set the mower for the tallest height, -your lawn will be more resistant, that way.
(4)Leave two or three suckers for better yield, remove the rest to keep your plant strong.
(5)Fresh garden produce is the best, of course, but if you happen to harvest more than you can consume, then consider saving some of it for later. See July, and August's What's Cooking? for a few ideas.
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Special Thanks to Town & Country Gardens Contributors: blogger, bulabean, dive-angel (Karin), flickr, Jasmine&Roses, Rita Crane Photography.
Rita Crane, daughter of LIFE magazine photographer Ralph Crane. Her work can be seen on Flickr at Rita Crane Photography or on her website., Steven List (Flickr alias: DigiDragon, W.D. Williams

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