Alan Titchmarsh | B&Q
Let's get gardening with Alan Titchmarsh. Jobs for Summer.

Watering and feeding are key in August to keep everything alive and looking it's best in the garden as plants and vegetables are in full swing by now.

  • Prune gooseberries, redcurrant and blackcurrant bushes and summer-fruiting raspberry canes once all the fruit has been picked.
  • Harvest blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, the last of the summer raspberries, and early varieties of eating apples.
  • Ventilate the greenhouse regularly in hot weather.
  • Top up water levels if necessary.
  • Plant specially prepared bulbs, such as hyacinths for forcing, if you want them to flower in time for Christmas.
  • Harvest greenhouse tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, cucumbers and melons.
  • Increase feeding of tomatoes. Continue pinching out sideshoots, and remove lower leaves that turn yellow.
  • Don't leave the planting of hyacinths too late if you want them to flower for Christmas.
  • Clear out yellowed or decomposing water lily leaves from the pond, thin out excess older leaves if the plants are overgrown and covering the pond completely.
  • If you're planning to make a new lawn in autumn, you could start digging the area over now, as it's going to take time to clear, particularly if you have lots of perennial weeds

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Don't forget to come back in September for more help & advice from Alan on lawn care, vegetables and herbs, and preparing for harvest.