August Gardening - Top Ten Growing Tips
Gardening Tip # 1: Plant disease is a serious growing problem, especially
in hot, humid and wet weather. Give plants a trim, to increase air circulation,
and eliminate places where plant disease can thrive.
Gardening Tip #2: Canning shifts into high gear in August. Cold foods
can crack hot jars. Hot foods can crack cold jars. Warm or cool the jars
more on Canning
Gardening Tip #3: Switch to fertilizers high in Potassium. This is
the third number on fertilizer bags and containers. It promotes healthy plant
growth, and helps your plant to grow bigger fruits and vegetables.
Gardening Tip #4: Blossom End Rot is evidenced by an ugly, dry, and
cracked brown spot at the bottom of a tomato where the blossom was. It can
happen on peppers, too. This problem can be completely eliminated, by a steady
supply of water and sufficient calcium in the soil.
on Blossom End Rot....
Gardening Tip #5: Basil produces, better if it is cut back regularly.
This produces a bushier plant. Younger plants grow much more vigorous than
older plants. Start a small crop now, for fall harvest.
Gardening Tip # 6: Got Deer!? They do not like the smell of Fabric
Softener sheets. Hang used sheets around the edge of your
Gardening Tip #7: Do you want to grow more organically, and save money
at the same time!? Inexpensive rabbit food pellets are made up of nitrogen
and phosphorous rich alfalfa. Sprinkle it around your plants as a fertilizer!
Gardening Tip #8: Grow pumpkins even bigger. Cover pumpkin vines to
encourage secondary root growth. It's one of the secrets of giant pumpkin
growers. It works on other vining crops, too.
Gardening Tip #9: As you bring in the fruits of your gardening
labor, fruit flies may enter your home, too. They can be controlled by a
dish of cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap.
Gardening Tip # 10: Keep slugs and snails away, by putting a layer
of coarse sand around the plant or fruit (like pumpkins). They will not cross
the coarse material.
Extra Garden Tip: Borage
plants can be used as a
with tomatoes, to deter Tomato Hornworms.
August Gardening Holidays :
August 3 - National
Watermelon Day - It'll make your mouth water
August 5 -
Mustard Day - Are you a mustard grower?
August 8 -
Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day - one way to get rid of
August 29 -
Herbs, Less Salt Day - a day for herbs growers to strut their stuff.
More Garden Holidays
Garden Recipes -You grew
'm. Now, you get to enjoy 'em.
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