The first thing that comes to mind when we think of the summer of 2018 is the paucity of rain. As July was almost devoid of rain it will take a lot of downpours in August to replenish groundwater and give crops and flowers the drink they are yearning for.
At Marshalls we’re keen on sharing tips so here are two that spring to mind. Be clever with water use. Water to the roots of plants with Root Watering Spikes as oppose to watering over leaves and stems where evaporation takes water away quickly. Also make use of dish or bath water to water particularly thirsty plants like fruit trees and roses.
The Marshalls Team
Our top three jobs for the month
August is a good time to get strawberry runners and plants into the ground to let them settle in over the autumn and winter so they give you an earlier harvest next year on tough, free-flowering and free-fruiting stems, made productive from withstanding the winter conditions.
Lock in the moisture of ground water after heavy rainfalls by putting a mulch of Gro Sure Smart Ground Cover over the soil surface. It’s been a very dry summer so make use of the thunder storms of August during the heat-wave.
Salad greens are fantastic to sow in pots in August. The seeds are quick to germinate and you can be cutting leaves for the salad bowl from just three or four weeks. Use pruning snips to cut leaves at ground level and you might be lucky to get another harvest from the same plants a fortnight or so later.
From supporting tomatoes to harvesting soft fruits to considering whether green manures is right for your garden, see our complete list of August jobs.
Plant seed potatoes in sacks now and look forward to unearthing the fully-grown potatoes from autumn. If you stagger planting every week you can look forward to harvests as late as December to accompany pre-Christmas dinner.
Christmas may seem a long way off but you can prepare now to cross one job off the list later in the year.
Here are three of our favourites to try for yourself if you fancy growing easy potatoes.
Potato Nicola Growing Kit - Holds its shape well on boiling
Potato Charlotte Growing Kit - Versatile variety- boil, roast or light fry
Potato Gemson Growing Kit - Mini-spuds for potato salads
- 1 1/3 lb salad potatoes
- 3 eggs
- ½ onion
- 2 handfuls lambs lettuce
- 1 vine of cherry tomatoes
- 2/3 tsp caraway seeds
- 2/3 tsp salt
- 2/3 tsp pepper
- 1 1/3 tsp sugar
- 1 1/3 fl oz sunflower oil
- 2 ½ fl oz vinegar
1. Boil potatoes for 20 minutes in water with added caraway seeds.
2.Boil eggs for up to eight minutes, or until hard boiled.
For the lovely dressing
3. Dice the onions and place in bowl with salt and pepper, sugar, vinegar and sunflower oil.
Bring the potato and dressing together
4. Roughly chop the boiled potatoes and add to the dressing.
5. Create a salad of lambs lettuce and cherry tomatoes chopped in halves. Quarter the eggs and add to the salad.
6. Serve as a delicious summer potato salad for al fresco dining.
This fungal disease thrives in dry conditions – making it prevalent and at large this dry and sunny summer. Common victims of powdery mildew include peas, courgettes, gooseberries, apples and blackcurrants.
Remedy: Treat with an appropriate fungicide like Resolva Natural Power Bug and Mildew Spray. This comes in a ready-to-use spray gun which you can use on edibles that you wish to eat on the same day. Resolva Natural Power Bug and Mildew Spray has an added plant wash to make leaves shiny and vibrant.
Your next Marshalls catalogue with NEW informative and inspiring introductory pages is landing on your doorstep soon. Learn what you can sow now, plant now and what to follow with for a productive plot this year and next year.
We’re all about sharing at Marshalls – including expert advice and handy tips for success to make your growing experience seamless.
Early-bird discounts on 2kg seed potato pack - 50p off every pack when you buy two or more
Take advantage of pre-ordering seed potatoes for next year, secure your stocks and get them at this great discount. Order now and it’s one fewer job to think about later on.
Pre-order vegetable plants now to plan for your on-going plot and save £1 on every pack when you buy two or more.
In July, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park put on a display of allotment and home-growing plots to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and highlight how allotments have developed and evolved over the years.
See slideshows of the Show Gardens at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, some touching on home-growing and utilising greenhouses in your outdoor space.