happy gardening August !
August is usually one of the hottest months of the year – and also traditionally holiday-time. If you’re gardening in one of our raised planters then this won’t be an issue for you as the in-built reservoir will keep your plants watered through the hot weather and will last for a few weeks – so you can go on holiday knowing your plants will stay hydrated and healthy– and your friends and family won’t need to keep popping in to do the watering!
August also brings plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy your outdoor space – even though we know there are always jobs to be done to keep it looking good!
Handy Monthly Tips
- Some cottage garden classics such hardy geraniums, delphiniums and lupins have the ability to re-bloom – so cut them back hard now, add some liquid feed, and you’ll quickly get a fresh flush of leaves and a second flowering display.
- Make sure you feed your plants regularly – just add liquid feed to the reservoir.
- Give lavender plants a light trim all over as soon as the flowers have died down. Lavenders don’t like being pruned back into dead wood, so you need to keep them trim and neat with an annual going over. Take off just an inch or so of this year’s growth, to stimulate bushing out from below.
- A lovely flower for August is agapanthus and perfect for growing in our raised planters – they can drink up all the water they need from the reservoir without getting waterlogged.
- A lot of plants can start to flop and slump this month but dahlias can still look perky. If yours are starting to lean, stake them and keep on top of deadheading.
garden4me Flower of the Month
Vegetables & Fruit
- Radishes can be sown from seed throughout August and will harvest four weeks later, adding a special homegrown crunch to late summer salads.
- Sow a patch of chervil, an invaluable winter herb with an aniseedy flavour, lovely in salads and omelettes. It will only germinate as the weather cools, but is hardy and will happily grow outside through rain, snow and hail.
- Our planters are ideal for growing strawberries – a peat-free multipurpose compost is a good choice and avoids the build-up of soil problems you can get if growing in the ground. You can propagate strawberries this month – our tip is to sink small pots into your planter, fill with compost and insert individual runners into them. Sever the new young plants from the parent plant when rooted. And by growing strawberries off the ground you’re really reducing the risk of slugs and other pests!
- Tomatoes are so easy to grow in garden4me raised planters – the reservoir keeps these thirsty plants watered continuously – remember to add a tomato fertiliser to keep them fed and produce good sized tasty fruits. Remove leaves lower down the plant to help with air circulation.
- Sow baby turnips to pick in winter when sweet and nutty, baby turnips are delicious, particularly roasted in butter with other root vegetables.
garden4me vegetable of the month
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Did you know?
We’re now going to be at the Harrogate Flower Show from the 14th to 16th September – come and see us there on Stand GS82. This is our first time at the Show and we’re looking forward to showing our unique planters to visitors.
Garden4me planters are perfect for growing herbs and creating your own herb garden. Keep by your back door and enjoy all year round. By using the garden4me growing pockets, you can separate out and contain those herbs with rigorous roots – and the built-in reservoir keeps them hydrated but not waterlogged as they’re drinking up just what they need – rather than sitting in wet compost.
And August is an ideal month to expand your stock of herb plants. Take cuttings of woody herbs such as rosemary, sage and mint – put cuttings in moist, well-drained potting compost (one part grit to one part compost). And established clumps of chives can be divided now.
garden4me – latest news ….
Thanks to all those who came to see us at the RHS Tatton Show in July – we had a great time and we really enjoyed meeting visitors to our stand – including this colourful pair !!
At Tatton we were excited to launch the latest colour to our range – SANDSTONE – we hope you like it.
And we were delighted to be asked by Manchester City Council to provide two of our ‘bee’ planters to decorate the stand at the recent ‘Bee In the City’ weekend – if you’re in the North West then why not go on the ‘bee trail’ – there are over 100 bee sculptures around the city to see – https://beeinthecitymcr.co.uk/.
customer featured planter of the month
Alan from Manchester has been growing potatoes, carrots and herbs in his planter with great success!
Coming in the September calendar – more handy hints, flower of the month, veg of the month and latest news.