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If you have been following the Mastergardening.com blog, you know that we gave you numerous August gardening tips to get you through the warm weather and prepare for cooler temperatures ahead. Here, you will find a recap of our August gardening tips:

1) Gardening Tip #1: Water your plants thoroughly but not heavily

  • Water your vegetables 2-3 times a week and get down into the soil.
  • Avoid over-watering plants, as this can cause more harm than good.
  • Invest in a sturdy watering can or self-watering planters.
  • Apply 2-3 inch later of organic mulch around flowers to create a moist barrier.
  • Water early so plants have time to absorb water before the brutal sunshine hits.

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2) Gardening Tip #2: Pruning

  • Remove dying branches injured b disease, animals, storms.
  • Remove branches that rub together.
  • Remove or shorten branch stubs. Cut about 1/4 inches above the bud.
  • Do not deadhead if dried flowers or seed are attractive or desirable for propagation.
  • If you are pruning young trees, don't cut back the leader and be sure to remove crossing branches that grow towards the center of the tree.

3) Gardening Tip #3: Prepare Your Cold Frame/Greenhouse

  • Cold frames are great for small vegetable gardens or flower gardens where you may not need a lot of space. 
  • Greenhouses allow growing throughout the winter while cold frames will store the plants safely for warmer seasons (next spring).
  • Cold frames are best suited for cool-season plants; but if you have tropical plants from your garden, you may use a cold frame this Fall to house them. 
  • Keep tender plants sunken in a cold frame to provide the best insulation. 
  • Once the plants are safely stored in a cold frame, you will need to control the temperature to maintain dormancy. 
  • Keep the soil moderately moist but not wet. Too much water will rot the flowers if over-watered and they will not need much water in the winter season. 
  • Once the seedlings have germinated, the cold frame should be vented more frequently to discourage damping by air circulation.

4) Gardening Tip #4: Composting

  • Benefit: Few runs to the dump
  • Benefit: Free soil for fertilizer
  • Benefit: Lowers water bills
  • Composters hold moisture in the soil and help retain needed nutrients.

I hope these gardening tips for August have helped your garden thrive. Continue to follow the Mastergardening.com blog for more useful gardening help. 

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