Hopefully, you’re still hungry for fresh, homegrown produce because August is a busy month for vegetable harvesting. This is the time when your Tomatoes, Summer Squash, Melons, and Zucchinis truly hit their stride. Celery and Corn are just coming into the season, and some early varieties of Pumpkins and Gourds will be ready to pick at the end of the month. If there was something you couldn’t quite manage to grow this year, visit your nearby Farmers’ Markets and support local agriculture.
While the temperatures are a little too warm for planting, unless you’re willing to be very diligent with your watering, you can start thinking about those planting projects you would like to complete in the fall when the temperatures are cooler.
Bring the outdoors IN with bouquets of fresh cut flowers grown right in your own back (or front) yard! Some excellent cut flower annuals and perennials/shrubs are Hydrangea, Butterfly Bush, Roses, Dahlias, Echinacea, Russian Sage, Helianthus, Verbena, Veronicastrum, Sunflowers, Zinnias, Crocosmia, and Eryngium. Mix flower colors, textures, and different foliage plants like Hosta and Ferns for guaranteed stunning arrangements!
Towards the end of the month, cut older hydrangea blooms for drying/preserving. Dried hydrangea blooms can be used year-round in table arrangements or wreaths. Wait to cut them until the blooms have already started to dry a little on the stems. Strip the leaves off the bottom of the stems and arrange in a vase, with or without water, and let them naturally finish drying. If the stems are very slender and cannot support the weight of the blooms, hang them upside down until dry. You can also use silica gel to dry fresh blooms; this is the best way to preserve more saturated colors (look for silica gel at craft stores).