Gardener’s To-Do List for August

Here’s a zone-by-zone to-do list for the month of August.


August To-do list for zone 9August To-Do List for Zone 9

  • Prune back tomatoes and peppers to stimulate new growth and continued production.
  • Shade lettuce, chard, tomatoes, peppers, melons, and eggplants from intense sun.
  • For prize-winning winter squash and pumpkins, pinch off any female flowers and young fruit that develop from now on.
  • Fertilize heavy feeders—such as corn, cukes, lettuce, squash, and onions—using a dilute solution of fish fertilizer, once a week.
  • Harvest annual statice, strawflowers, and ageratum, and then dry them in a cool, airy place.
  • Plant annual candytuft (Iberis umbellata) and marigolds for fall color.
  • Plant calendulas, stocks (Matthiola incana), bachelor's buttons (Centaurea cyanus), and forget-me-nots (Myosotis sylvatica) for early spring color.