I have meant to write about my organic vegetable garden all year and truth is with my Facebook lives I have been trying to update you that way and forgetting to write.
You can usually find me live in the garden on Sundays at 6.30pm. But today my neighbors were having a very loud party so that wasn’t an option. So today I am writing about The Organic Vegetable garden jobs in August. August is the Harvesting time of the summer crops and planting time for the Autumn crops and dealing with pests and diseases that may turn up.
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What you should be doing – Organic Vegetable garden jobs in August
- Water your vegetable plants and fruit plants daily in warm weather.
- Apply an organic fertilizer such as tomato food once fruits start to form on peppers, cucumber, and sweet corn.
- Continue to feed tomato plants with an organic tomato fertilizer. Remove leaves lower down on the plant to help with air circulation and prevent disease.
- Pinch out the top of tomato plants to concentrate the growth into the fruit that has already formed.
- Cut back herbs now to encourage a new flush of tasty leaves that you can harvest before the frost. Dry or freeze your herbs to use in the kitchen later on.
- Pinch out the tips of your runner bean plants once they reach the top of their support. This encourages side-shooting and more beans at a manageable height for picking
- Start harvesting your main crop potatoes as the leaves yellow and die back. Try storing your potatoes in hessian sacks.
- Lift and dry onions, shallots and garlic once the foliage has flopped over and yellowed. Store them in onion bags to prevent molds developing.
- Harvest French beans and runner beans little and often to prevent them from setting seed.
- Keep harvesting courgettes before they become too big! and make Awesome Gluten Free Apple Muffins with zucchini/courgette in them.
- Established clumps of chives can be divided now.
More Tips for August to help with pests and disease
- Keep an eye out for potato and tomato blight and remove and destroy any affected plants immediately to prevent its spread. Read this ‘How to stop blight’ guide for more information
- Check for cabbage white butterfly eggs under brassica leaves and squash any that you find. Alternatively, use nematodes to kill the caterpillars.
- Clear away any diseased old leaves on and around your veg plants to discourage pests and diseases spreading.
- Keep on top of weeds as they compete with your crops for nutrients and water
- Tidy up strawberry plants and remove any old straw from around the plants to reduce the risk of pests and diseases.
- Cut back the fruited canes of your summer raspberries, leaving the new green canes for next year’s crop. Tie in next year’s raspberry canes to support wires or fencing.
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What was going on in My Organic Vegetable Garden in August
The biggest news from the garden this August is we have 2 new 3 x 6 ft beds which I installed and filled in a “NO DIG way” They are filling up nicely with Autumn crops like Kale, Winter buy generic flagyl lettuce, Spring cabbages, a late crop of peas, carrots, spring onions, spinach.
My daily fight with the cabbage white butterfly continues, I go egg spotting daily
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We are now picking tomatoes, lettuce, cauliflowers, courgette, and Cabbages
I also pick blueberries daily for my porridge. Blueberry is my favorite new plant this year I definitely would recommend it. Growing Blueberries in a pot is easy as it needs an acidic soil and you can cater for it in a large pot.
The other job I tackled this week was pruning the Apple tree as we had a bit of Apple Scab
What is apple scab?
Apple scab is a disease caused by the fungus, Venturia inaequalis, that spreads by airborne spores and survives the winter on fallen leaves. Expect scab marks to appear on leaves from mid-spring until leaf fall in autumn.
This is a disease specific to apples and other trees and shrubs including Cotoneaster, Pyracantha and Sorbus. A closely related fungus, Venturia pyrina, causes a similar disease called pear scab on fruiting and ornamental pears only.
You may see the following symptoms:
- On leaves: Patches of olive-green spots or blotches appear, which are initially velvety as they release airborne spores, and then darkening. Affected leaves often fall prematurely
- On young shoots: Infections cause blistering and cracking that can then provide entry for other diseases
- On fruit: Black scabby blotches develop and, as the fruit matures, these restrict the expansion of the apple skin, leading to distortion and cracking. Light attacks only damage the skin and eating quality is hardly affected, However, if the fruits crack as a result of scab they become prone to fruit rots and will not store well
Organic Methods of Control
Pruning out young shoots which are blistered, and disposing of fallen leaves and infected fruit will reduce the amount of fungus available to start infections in the next season.
As my tree is new I am not sure how I got this problem but I know next door has a couple of trees so that might be the issue.
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I am loving my garden at the moment, there is nothing better than producing things and eating things that you grew yourself. I hope these guides encourage you to start an organic garden yourself. Even if it is just a pot of lettuce or some herbs once you start you will realize what fun it is and to help you I have some garden printables and an easy start guide to get you going.
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