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Planters' Almanac: August Planting Guide

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Published:   |   Updated: May 25, 2013 at 04:00 PM

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What To Do In August

•Add organic matter to garden soil.

•Solarize garden soil for fall vegetable gardens.

•Plant vegetable seeds.

•Remove old flower heads to encourage blooming.

•Spray roses for black spot disease.

•Fertilize outdoor potted plants.

•Fertilize muscadine grapes after harvest.

•Watch for signs of turf insects, and treat if necessary.

•Groom roses to enhance fall bloom.

•Lightly prune poinsettias for the last time this year.

•Plant, transplant and treat palms.

What To Plant In August

Outstanding flowering plants: allamanda, bird of paradise, crape myrtle, hibiscus, ixora, oleander, plumbago, thryallis

Annuals: coleus, impatiens, kalanchoe, marigold, melampodium, ornamental pepper, portulaca, salvia, torenia, vinca, wax begonia, zinnia

Perennials: African iris, salvia, butterfly weed, chrysanthemum, false dragon head, four o'clock, gaillardia, gloriosa daisy, jacobinia, liatris, ruellia, verbena

Vegetables: beans (pole), broccoli, celery, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, onions (green and bulbing), pepper, pumpkin, Southern peas, summer squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon

Herbs and spices (from plants): basil, ginger, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme

Bulbs: Aztec lily, butterfly lily, clivia, crinum, gladiolus, iris, moraea, society garlic, spider lily, walking iris

Information from Hillsborough County Extension

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