Let’s Get Gardening: August 2017

This summer has been almost ideal for vegetable gardening. It has been pretty consistently warm, but not too hot. Ann Arbor only officially hit 90 degrees once in July (though we came close once or twice more). The high, but not too high, temps really have produced some serious tomato, pepper, eggplant and bean plants in my garden, though the flea beetles are trying their best to keep me from getting any eggplant this year. I need to do a better job of keeping them under control – I really love fresh eggplant!


In this issue:


  • This month, the Japanese beetles, grasshoppers, earwigs, cutworms, and tomato hornworms will be trying to consume all your hard work – don’t let them!
  • How to get rid of pests without using toxic chemicals.
  • Make sure to keep everything well watered- including container plants.
  • Mildew- where it might hit and how to keep it under control so that you don’t lose your produce.
  • The best part of August- HARVEST! Garlic, onion, zucchini, tomato and more should be ready for picking this month.
  • August is a great time to plant beets, radishes, lettuces, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, and peas for harvest into the early fall.


  • A lack of water and higher temperatures are hard on our feathered friends, so be sure to keep your bird baths cleaned and filled.

Store News & Specials

  • $10 off $50 coupon.
  • Chelsea Sidewalk Sales- August 17th 6:30pm-8:30 pm & August 18th and 19th 10am-6pm (Presented by Wine Women & Shopping)

Read the August 2017 issue of Let’s Get Gardening

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