Keep picking beans
Harvest French and runner beans little and often to prevent them from setting seed. Pick runner beans regularly to prevent them becoming stringy and to make room for developing pods. Leaving mature pods to set seed can prevent further flowers developing and reduce your crop.
Harvest second-early potatoes
Continue to harvest second-early potatoes now – perfect for salads!
Propagate carnations and pinks
Pinks and carnations can be propagated by layering. Propagate irises by dividing the rhizomes if not done last month.
Control vine weevils
Mid- to late August is a good time of the year to apply biological controls for vine weevil. Grubs will be starting to hatch and soil temperatures are now suitable for the nematodes to be effective. Target vulnerable plants such as Rhododendron, Camellia and container plants including Fuchsias.
Collect and dry herb seeds
On a dry sunny day, collect seeds of herbs such as dill, fennel, caraway and chervil and dry in a warm spot out of direct sunlight. Chervil must be sown immediately.