Pacific Northwest Gardening in August

Prairie Sun Rudbeckia
Prairie Sun Rudbeckia

“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 FitzgeraldThe 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.

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