Saturday, August 1, 2009

August Ozark Gardening Calendar

August 1
Kitchen Garden: Plant southern peas, summer squash (in partial shade with thick mulch), carrots, collards, lima beans, cucumbers. Set out tomatoes, broccoli Plant snap peas & sugar peas. Take cuttings of perennial herbs to start new plants.
Berry Patch: After blackberry harvest, remove spent floricanes and fertilize. Prune laterals on primocanes to 4 feet to encourage branching. Replace thin straw on strawberries & blackberries. Cottage Garden: Order bulbs for fall planting. Plant autumn crocus & colchicum. Cut lilies to ground when stalks die back. Cut back annuals to promote fall reblooming.
Woodlot & Orchard: Order stock for fall planting. Keep windfall apples picked up.

August 8
Kitchen Garden: Transplant cabbage, cauliflower Plant beets, cucumbers, turnips
Roadsides: Check elderberries for ripeness. Harvest & mark for taking cuttings in spring.

August 15
Kitchen Garden: Plant bush beans, cucumbers, mustard, kale.

August 22
Kitchen Garden: Plant cucumbers, lettuce, radishes Start pinching out any newly set melons.

August 29
Kitchen Garden: Plant spinach, lettuce, radishes
Cottage Garden: Plant perennial and biennial seed.
Woodlot: Plant container-grown evergreens if weather is cool enough.