August, Dog Days of Summer: To Do

If you print out this page, you should get little boxes where the bullets are, making this a check list.

Oh, and if you really think that I actually do all of these things, you are terribly confused. Sometimes I even (gasp) do things that aren't on this list.

I know this list is accurate for Sunset Zone 14, specifically, and I think it is good for all of USDA Zone 9. In addition, it is probably pretty accurate for USDA Zones 8-11, and other gardeners on the 'net have told me that it applies all the way to USDA zone 7.

What is August like? August is hot and dry. On some days, the fog comes rolling in in the evenings, and then it can be like heaven. So cool and moist. It is the best time of the year to enjoy the evening outdoors. Unfortunately, the fog burns off in the early morning, so the days are dry and dessicating, and when we don't get the fog, it will only cool off to 85°F (29° C). And compared to 110° F (43° C), I suppose that is cool, but it isn't much of a break for my plants. Don't forget to wear a hat and drink lots of water.


Trees and Shrubs


Lawns and Ground Covers




Container Gardens

Kitchen Garden: Vegetables and Herbs


House, greenhouse, or conservatory plants


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