2. Pick summer squash and zucchini every day or two to keep the plants in production.
3. Pick up and destroy any fallen summer fruits/vegetables to reduce pests and disease for next year.
4. Continue to stake tomatoes and allow them to ripen on the plants for the best flavor. The exception is cherry tomatoes, which are prone to splitting. Pick any ripe or almost ripe tomatoes before a rain.
5. Renovate strawberry beds in late August.
6. Make note of where vegetables are planted in the garden so that crops can be rotated next year.
7. Do not add weeds with mature seed heads to the compost pile.
8. Water fruiting shrubs such as hollies and firethorn to ensure that berries mature and don’t drop.
9. Check hanging plants and containers daily. The wind and sun can dry them out.
10. Reseed the lawn in late August. Be sure to keep the seed moist until germination.
Have a question about your garden or landscape? Want to know which insect is chewing your shrubs, or what the spots on your tomatoes are? Interested in native plantings or attracting wildlife? Or do you want to start a garden, but don’t know where to start?
UConn Extension Master Gardeners are committed gardeners who have received special horticultural training from Extension educators and specialists and provide free diagnostics and cultural information to home gardeners. Throughout the growing season these volunteers hold office hours in the local UConn Extension offices and are often at area farmer’s markets and other public events.