Gardening in August

Tips to help plant or upkeep a perfect garden in late summer.

Water Less: Let the rain do the work. All of the late summer thunderstorms dump plenty of water on your lawn and garden. Watering your plants as much now is not only wasteful, but it can also cause a lot of harm by drowning roots or leaching nutrients.

Get in the Know: Following the advice of expert gardeners can make you look like one. The University of Florida IFAS Solutions For Your Life website has an entire section dedicated to gardening in Florida. They even have a resourceful gardening calendar for every region of Florida and their August calendar for central Florida is full of wonderful tips for us in Tampa Bay.

The intense summer heat is starting to slowly ebb away and the rain keeps falling. The month of August is a great time of year in the Tampa Bay area to start or perfect a garden. Here is a list of simple tips for every type of gardener to help you out this season.

Plant vegetables: The fall planting season starts in August, and there is a great selection of vegetables that you can start. The Home Depot Garden Club has some great suggestions for what vegetables to add to your garden in August.

Fertilize More: Lots of rain means quick plant growth and leaching of soil nutrients. This combination leads to depleted nutrients in your plants. Now is a good time to use some organic fertilizers to give your garden a boost to get through the stormy season.

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