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The Fruit Garden in August


This month lots of fruit will be ready for harvesting so pick it as it ripens.

Once harvesting is complete these same shrubs / trees may need pruning and propagating.

The resulting prunings can often be used as cuttings.

Note: As with most advice on gardening the advisors location will often influence the content of the advice.

To alleviate this problem I have produced this chart indicating how you can make adjustments to the timing of events as seen in this website.

I hope you find this useful! .......Tg

Week 31 - 29th Jul. to 4th Aug.

Support heavily laden branches on Apple trees to prevent them breaking with the weight of the fruit.

Tie in recently planted Fig trees.

Prune Red and White currants.

Hang wasp traps in fruit trees.

Week 32 - 5th Aug. to 11th Aug.

Prune Apple trees grown as cordons or espaliers.

Summer prune and check Gooseberries after fruiting for pests and diseases.

Protect Blueberry, Billberry, Cranberry from birds by netting the shrubs.

After fruiting cut out Raspberry canes that have carried fruit down to ground level.

When harvesting is completed, cut down the leaves on Strawberry plants to 100mm (4") above soil level.

Week 33 - 12th Aug. to 18th Aug.

Support fruit laden branches on Pear trees.

Week 34 - 19th Aug. to 25th Aug.

Harvest Plums and Damsons if ripe.

Sever runners from parent Strawberry plants.

Week 35 - 26th Aug to 1st Sep.

Plant out Plum and Damson trees.

Tie down shoots of spindle trained Apple trees to encourage the formation of fruit buds.

Prune Blackberry, Loganberry, and Tayberries after fruiting.

Pick Peaches / Nectarines when the flesh starts to soften.

Harvest Pears.