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August monthly gardening calendar for S, California gardens.

August monthly gardening calendar for S, California gardens.

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  • 1. August in the Southern California Garden Each month has its special joys and tasks in the garden. Below is a suggested calendar for August. Remember that gardening depends on the weather, so tasks, bloom season and activities may vary from year to year. You can download this calendar at: Best of Show:  Flowers: * Chilopsis linearis, Clematis spp., Heteromeles arbutifolia, Ericameria ericoides, * Eriophyllum staechadifolium, Pluchea odorata, Oenothera elata, Penstemon spp., Centromadia spp., Cirsium occidentale, Helianthus annuus, Solidago spp., Symphyotrichum/Aster spp., summer vegetables  Fruits/berries/seeds: Comarostaphylis diversifolia, Eriogonum spp., * Rhamnus spp., Sambucus nigra cerulea  Foliage: evergreen trees & shrubs; silver-white foliage plants Planning: major planning month  Choose cool season veggies – browse the seed catalogs; order seeds  Last chance to order bulbs; native seeds still be available  Clean/sort/store seeds collected from the garden  Tidy up your potting bench  Sit in the shade and think about Water Zones/conservation;  Plan to increase shady areas for outdoor activities Hardscape/General:  Apply/re-apply gravel mulch to wildflower & bulb areas – will help them to look less bare  Repair/install hardscape; work in cool times of day  Build raised beds or planters before Sept. heats up  Create a potting area if you need one; Clean out potting area/check potting supplies & purchase if needed Propagation:  Sow seeds of cool-season vegetables in containers – semi-shade.  Start warm-season grasses from seed in containers – semi-shade Planting:  Plant radishes, carrots, beets directly into the garden. Watering: major watering month for Zone3, Chaparral and Sonoran Desert plants  Taper off water at the end of the month to native plants except Zone 2-3, Zone 3 & Chaparral and Sonoran Desert plants – give them a good ‘monsoon’;  Give plants from N. coast a ‘fog’ spray
  • 2. Pruning: summer pruning month  Prune for safety & plant health  Hedge-shear if needed  Pruning to thin: prune after late spring/summer flowering  Carpenteria californica  Heteromeles arbutifolia  Keckiella cordifolia  Philadelphus lewisii  Prunus ilicifolia  Salvia spp. (prune now or in Oct/Nov)  Desert Legumes: Chilopsis; Pruning: summer pruning month  Mow (if desired) sod-forming grasses, sedges  Coppice (severe prune) to rejuvenate old plants (after bloom)  Comarostaphylis diversifolia  * Cornus spp.  Heteromeles arbutifolia  * Philadelphus lewisii  Ribes viburnifolium  Rosa spp. Weeds/Diseases/Pests:  Look for signs of fungal disease; prune out diseased branches Edibles/Crafts:  Pick elderberries, other ripe fruits; use or dry/freeze  Pick, use or dry/freeze summer veggies Enjoying the garden:  Enjoy the shade; cool dry garden shade is delightful  Search for a new container or garden sculpture  Eat corn on the cob, melons from your garden  Make elderberry jelly/syrup or dry berries for tea 7/31/14