August Gardening Checklist for Zones 4 and 5

Vegetable Growing Calendar

  • Summer crops, like tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and peppers, can be harvested.
  • Continue to weed and to control pest problems.
  • As potato tops yellow and die, dig the plants and dry the potatoes in the sun. Pull onions when the tops are dry and fall over, and harvest garlic as it matures. Both need to be sun-dried for storage.
  • Continue to sow vegetables for fall harvest, such as spinach, chard, carrots, peas, lettuce, and carrots.
  • Keep seedbeds moist, especially in the heat. Thin seedlings as needed, they grow quickly in the heat and strong sun.
  • Take notes and photos of the yard for future planning.

Source: Master Gardeners of Ottawa Carleton Vegetable Growing Calendar

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