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Gardening Month By Month: August Projects
Hints on how to ‘strike’ Sweet Lavender for your garden
During early August your flower garden should be at its very best. Lots of flowers should be in full bloom, and your little plot should be a riot of colour. Some plants, are going out of bloom, and do not forget to clip off the blossoms directly they start to form seeds. Doing this will give you more flowers in many cases – especially is this the case with Sweet Peas.
Watering and hoeing are the chief jobs in the flower garden this month. Continue to keep the earwigs at bay by trapping them, as I suggested last month, or by putting a small heap of grass cuttings at the bottom of a stem. This will serve as a trap and you will find quite a lot of earwigs every time you take it up. These you should destroy or relocate to the chicken pen.
The gladioli which you put in your plot some months ago should now be staked; possibly some of the earlier blooming ones are now in flower.
I wonder if there is an old Lavender bush in your garden, or if you know of one from which you can take a few cuttings. Though I call them cuttings, they are really pulled off with the hand, with a little heel. These sprigs of Lavender are possibly the easiest of all plants to strike, and twenty little sprigs planted now in sandy soil will soon make roots, and a little later on you can transplant them to make a sweet-smelling hedge.
Possibly you have some Flag Irises in your garden. Now is the time to divide them so as to make new plants. You can cut the potato-like roots almost anywhere, and plant them, and they will soon start growing.
Chrysanthemums should now be dug up and transferred to the place where they are to bloom.