August Gardening

Garden Produce
Garden Produce

By this point in time, you should have a steady supply of produce.  You should have started getting the beginning product of your “winter” produce like winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin on a stick.  Flowers will almost be done blooming or will be done blooming and all fruits and vegetables should be ready to eat or have already been eaten.  This year in August my family was able to enjoy potatoes, cucumbers, kale, green peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, and butternut squash.  We almost have too much produce to eat all by ourselves so a fun idea to use up some of your fresh produce is to have an end of the summer barbecue with your friends and family.  Remember to keep watering and killing weeds as the plants continue to grow.  Just because they have grown does not mean that they no longer need water.  If weeds aren’t properly managed they will choke out the plants and the plants will no longer be able to grow.  Continue to do this until you no longer want produce from your garden. 

Butternut Squash
Butternut Squash

If you would like to continue gardening next year, make sure to start saving rinsed out egg shells, used coffee grinds, lettuce, kale, spinach, grass clippings, mowed up leaves, sawdust from non-treated wood, and newspapers (black ink only) to fertilize your garden for next year.  I recommend starting a mini compost pile wherever the plants are done growing.  For example, I have used up all our lettuce, radishes and beats so I can start the compost pile where they were.  Tomatoes

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