August is the right month to enjoy all the effort we have made in our garden and in our garden. Vegetables are at their maximum production and the flowers are filled with color for a month which for many is synonymous with holidays.
But plants don’t go on vacation and there is still a lot of work to be done.
Production of flowers and fruits
Some plants stop blooming or fruiting in August due to the very high temperatures.
Those who have a vegetable garden will have already noticed this change in July: tomatoes and peppers have started to lose many flowers, even if the fruits that had started growing earlier continue to grow.
It’s nothing serious, it’s normal. As soon as the temperatures drop a little, the situation will stabilize again and you can continue to enjoy the new crops.
Don’t forget to continue fertilizing your plants regularly. The second half of this month may be a little rainy and the nutrients in our vessels may be lost through the drainage holes in the vessels.
If you notice that the volume of the substrate has decreased, perhaps the time has come to add some!
It is recommended to do this from time to time, your plants will certainly appreciate it!
August is a good time to apply fertilizers to those plants that have changed the color of their leaves from intense green to a much lighter green. You may have noticed this change for example in hydrangeas: the leaves become light, going from their usual dark green to a much lighter one, tending to yellow, in which the ribs stand out much more.
Don’t let your plants burn!
Excess direct sunlight can be harmful to some plants, but you can find a simple solution by installing a shading net, which can also be used to enjoy the outdoors at sunset or in the coming months.
You can find these covers of all sizes and are available by the meter or pre-cut. If until some time ago only black, green and white were available, lately they are made in an infinite number of colors and shapes.
A good alternative to prevent the soil from the pots being too dry is to add pine bark to the substrate. In this way, the sun will not arrive directly on the earth and will allow us to maintain a certain degree of humidity.
Remember that lifting planters and pots off the ground using stands or placing them on pieces of wood will prevent them from overheating.
Summer storms? Watch out for mushrooms!
One of the most serious problems that can affect us is the appearance of mushrooms. One of the most common is powdery mildew, which usually appears due to excessive watering or summer storms combined with high temperatures.
Unfortunately, we often find it when it is already too late and a whitish powder appears on the leaves, which sticks to the fingers if we rub the leaf.
In this case, the best solution is to remove the most affected leaves and apply a sulfur fungicide.
August is a good month to prune!
Take advantage of the vacation days to prune your plants. You can also think of using peat pots!
Retain humidity well even at high temperatures and are also a simple solution to obtain new plants and extend the flowering and/or growing season until autumn.
How to use them? Choose healthy stems, cut them to about 6 or 7 cm and remove some leaves, leaving only two or three, the smaller ones. Then, immerse them in freshly hydrated jiffies and keep them in a bright place without direct sun. Wet them regularly so as not to lose moisture and a few days later you will see the new leaves appear. The cut will have taken root and you can transplant it where you want after only a couple of weeks.