Hello, I hope you had a good weekend?
We were busy re-building a dry-stone wall that was partially dismantled when some redundant old drain-pipes were removed. We’ve been putting it off for a while – why do we do that? – it was hard work but I’m so happy to have it all done and ready for planting, it’s by the kitchen door and I keep standing there gazing at it.
The other jobs that need doing this month are generally, a lot easier than wall-building.
Water is what most gardens need at this time of year, it can take up lots of time, the thing is to use this precious commodity as sparingly and wisely as you can.
- Use water that’s been collected in a water butt wherever possible.
- Mulch damp soil with compost or some kind of soil improver so that it holds onto the water and lets plant roots plenty of time to soak it up.
- Water in the early evening or morning, otherwise too much water is lost to evaporation.
- Water directly onto the soil around the plant roots.
- Heap up a ring of soil around the base of plants so that water stays put, this is particularly useful on sloping areas.
Wisteria is an elegant plant can turn into a bit of a monster if you don’t keep it in check. It needs pruning twice a year to stop it rampaging up into the gutters. This month you need to cut out all that long, whippy growth that’s appeared over the last few months.
Conifer hedges, laurel and beech that are trimmed now will put on a bit more fresh growth before winter, leaving them looking tidy and fresh until the spring. Wait until the end of the month to be sure all nesting birds have gone.
Keep on deadheading flowers as they fade to keep plants flowering for as long as possible.
If you’re away on holiday this month, move pots into the shade to stop them drying out so quickly. Weed and thoroughly water everything before you go away, even a few weeds compete for moisture. Cover any bare soil with a mulch of bark or compost, damp newspaper will do as a last resort.
Hardy annuals sown now ready for next year, these plants will be sturdier plants and flower earlier than those sown next spring. I sow mine in small pots and keep them in the cold-frame to give them some protection, but you can sow them directly into the ground. There’s an earlier post here about growing hardy annuals from seed.
Doesn’t this month feel like the last blast of summer, make the most of it and have a great week.
all photos Jill Anderson.