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 10August To-Do List for Zone 10

  • Repot indoor plants in fresh soil.
  • Plan the fall and winter food garden and assemble seed orders.
  • Start tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and watermelons in pots—make sure they get enough afternoon shade.
  • Protect the compost pile from full sun—coconut palm fronds or shade cloths will do the job, but leave air space between them and the top of the pile.
  • Keep veggies growing strong with a top-dressing of compost.
  • Continue to solarize empty beds to kill weed seeds and disease pathogens: Water the soil thoroughly, then seal it with clear plastic for 6 to 8 weeks.