What to See and Do in the Zone 6 August Garden


Savor long summer evenings in the garden, but don’t forget the bug spray!

What To See

  • Caryopteris is beginning to bloom, and the asters are starting to bud.
  • Tomatoes, peppers, melons, and other summer produce is coming in from the garden at a faster pace now.
  • Butterflies are enjoying the flowers and basking in the sun.
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August is prime butterfly-watching time!

What to Do

  • Water thirsty plants if they are looking droopy or wilted.
  • Prune your shrubs as necessary.
  • Clean up your raspberry and blackberry canes. Remove spent canes of raspberry and blackberry that bore fruit this year.
  • Keep harvesting your summer crops, such as tomatoes, peppers, and melons.
  • Transplant fall crops like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
  • Direct sow fall collards, endive, turnip, kale, kohlrabi, fall lettuce, spinach, cornsalad, and radish.
  • Harvest early apples and pears.
  • Overseed lawn with grass seed from mid-August to mid-September.


Amy graduated from DePauw University with a degree in physics, a lifelong love of theatre, and a problem-solving style that combines the approaches from both those fields. A Master Gardener and long-time communications professional, Amy conducts gardening seminars and blogs about gardening in addition to her work with Spotts.

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