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Early August Checklist

August 08, 2013

– Apply supplemental water to the garden if there has not been an inch of rain in the previous week. Remember: plants in hanging baskets dry out faster than plants in the ground.

– Fertilize roses for the last time this year.

– Sow seeds of biennials, such as Canterbury bells and foxglove.

– Cut down raspberry canes that produced fruit earlier this summer.

– Allow a few green peppers to turn red before harvesting.

– Ripen tomatoes on the vine, not the windowsill.

– Take cuttings of begonias, coleus, and impatiens for winter houseplants.

– Cut gladioli spikes with as few leaves as possible.

– Dig, divide, and move daylilies after they have completed their bloom.

– Harvest tomatoes when their color is fully developed.

– Plant collards, kale, and turnips for the fall garden.

– Control weeds before they go to seed.

– Share the bounty of your garden with those in need of food.

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