Gardening Tips for August for Thunder Bay, ON

Midwest Region

  • Keep harvesting your fruit and vegetables every couple days to encourage production into the fall.
  • Dig up your potatoes once the vines have died and the tops turn brown.
  • Harvest cantaloupe when the stem easily separates from the fruit.
  • Share the bounty of your garden with friends and those in need!
  • Ripen tomatoes on the vine, not the windowsill; put fallen green tomatoes in a brown paper bag with an apple.
  • Check your local nursery for fall-blooming plants, such as mums and asters.
  • Fertilize roses (last time this year).
  • Don't mow your grass too short during hot weather.
  • Continue to weed before the weeds go to seed.
  • Japanese beetles? Handpick and drop in a jar of detergent and water.
  • This is a great time to plant evergreen trees and shrubs, such as pines, spruces, and firs, because the plants will have time to develop their roots before the winter conditions.
  • Keep planting fall vegetables, such as lettuce, turnips, collards, kale, radishes, beans, spinach, and beets.
  • If there are dry spells, remember to water your plants and shrubs thoroughly to prevent drought.
  • Cut down raspberry canes.
  • Check your plants for any insect or disease damage and treat when necessary.
  • Remove any old plants that have stopped producing to help eliminate insects and diseases from your garden.
  • Remove any dead flowers from plants to encourage new growth.
  • Dig up and divide day lilies that have finished blooming.
  • Order spring-blooming bulbs at the end of the month for fall planting.