August - What's In Season & Gardening Tips

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While August wraps up the summer months and includes the Dog Days of Summer, this traditionally hot and humid time lures people to pools and beaches to cool off while students prepare to return to school.  In sports, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships begin at the end of August while the National Football League kicks off its preseason matchups.  

But did you know that August is also typically the month that gardeners get to must enjoy all their hard work spent throughout the summer.  As I stroll around my neighborhood and walk past beautiful yards, I see that vegetable gardens are peaking and producing lots of goodies to eat.  August brings the best bounty of the season—ripened tomatoes, sweet corn on the cob, ripe peaches, and zucchini just to name a few.   Flower beds are in full swing which means people can decorate their home as they produce their last blooms.

So what’s in season in August? In much of the country, it’s peak time for picking:
- Summer Squash/Zucchini
- Corn
- Peaches
- Tomatoes
- Eggplant
- Cucumbers
- Cantaloupe and Watermelon

Here are some things that gardeners can do to prepare to move into early Fall.

      * Order any peony roots or fall bulbs now, so they are ready for planting. 
      * Plant late season annuals that will add color to your landscape in fall. 
      * Gardeners can start their fall crops; protect plants from the sun with adequate shade.  
      * Prepare dead spots in your lawn for reseeding by dethatching.

Enjoy the rest of August!