August, the garden needs very little work this month, a good time to take a holiday, or put your feet up and enjoy your garden and the sunshine. Arrange with a neighbour or friend, to keep an eye on the garden, and to pick those crops that will spoil, such as runner beans, courgettes and lettuces. With runner beans you need to keep picking to encourage more flower production & tasty young pods, a tip here is to pinch out the growing tips when they reach the top of the supports, this will result in more side growth & more flowers. Probably by now your onions foliage, has started to die back, lift the bulbs onto the surface of the soil and allow to dry naturally in the sunshine, if persistently wet, lift and store in a dry place until needed. With marrows in full production, lift them off the ground and support on piece of slate or wood to avoid those patches caused by prolonged contact with the ground. Important jobs this month; always harvest vegetables when they ripe, don’t forget to harvest herbs & freeze them for Winter use. Maintain a regular programme of weeding & checking for pests &diseases. An organic tip here, when dealing with slugs & snails. I recently read in an old gardening book, lettuces attract slugs, so if you grow African marigolds amongst them, these act as slug magnets, collect them and exterminate! Another tip it goes on to say, is kill snails by putting a heavy boot on them, leave them and the birds will clear these up, the dead snails also attract the slugs , which you can gather up and dispose of, two for one! Keep up the dead heading to encourage more flower production. Look for flowers that you could save seed from, I have had a wonderful basket of pansies that have been continually flowering since February, I collected the seed heads, put them in a plastic container, within days, they literally exploded giving masses of seed which I will sow in the Autumn. If you are growing your own wallflowers, now is the time to pinch out the growing tips to make them into bushy plants. Tomatoes, now is the time to pinch out the growing tips, if you have not already done so, this will help ripening the fruit, also removing some of the leaves helps too, do not forget to keep up the feeding. August is about the time to take cuttings from pinks, on the subject of cuttings, pinch out growing tips of fuchsias, to increase the number of shoots available for cuttings.