Tofino Gardening in August 2005
by Trina Mattson, Tofino
For anyone that has not been keeping up with the previous articles
on gardening especially for August I have decided to let you in on
an important bit of information on what gardening is about in Tofino
August is purely maintenance month, water, weed, water, weed, clip,
prune, trim, fertilize, water, weed, drink margaritas, get a tan, water,
weed. Light duty projects are the name of the game, don‚t over
exert in the hot sun, drink plenty of your favourite liquids, or at
least a generous amount of water to keep hydrated.
Dead head annuals on a regular basis and also continue fertilizing
them. Prune any blossomed out roses, including bare stems that have
been attacked by black spot, as they will re-grow, and if our season
lasts long enough you may even get a fall blossom. Harvest any herbs,
and either dry, freeze or make herb infused oils. Trim back any lavender
that has finished blooming to help make fuller plants, and as an added
bonus you may get a second flush of blossoms as well. If you are going
to harvest lavender flowers, it should be done before the blossoms
open. Raspberries can be fertilized again, and the canes that bore
fruit can be removed. Climbing roses can be pruned this month as well,
side shoots are pruned back to several leaves from the main canes.
Seed lettuce, radishes, peas, beans, beets, carrots and over winter
broccoli this month.
Get your garden ready for fall , check out the areas that may need
a splash of colour, mums, asters, rudbeckia, heathers and other fall
flowering perennials are on their way as well as the bulbs and don‚ t
forget the best tip for the month, August is a good month to get great
deals at garden centres, as supplies are limited you‚ll want
to get there quickly, as the nurseries are trying to get rid of bedding
plants and perennials, to make room for the fall selection arriving
Trina Mattson runs the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino
Tofino gardening tips for August 2005 by Trina Mattson from the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino for Tofino Time magazine.