Pacific Northwest Gardening in August
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
- Prune out raspberry canes that have finished producing fruit and trim the new canes to six feet, or to a height you can reach.
- Keep deadheading those perennials, or save some of the seed heads for the birds (Echinacea, Sunflower).
- Preserve the harvest! Freeze, dry, pickle or can the summer bounty to enjoy all winter long.
- Prune water sprouts or suckers on trees.
- Keep weeds under control
- Taste the first tomato!
- Water garden regularly. Don’t forget established shrubs such as rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. They are setting buds for next years bloom and don’t want to dry out.