August’s Cottage Garden ~1848

Saturday makes a welcome appearance once again, and those who aspire to cultivate their gardens are in for a busy month. Today’s excerpt is your to-do list for August.


RIPE apples, peas, peaches, plums, melons, etc., are in abundance, also fragrant flowers, and wholesome vegetables without measure.

Do all that was omitted last month; plant late beans, cucumbers, etc., for pickling and fall use; transplant such plants that are fit, and water all that need it; sow rutabaga and yellow aberdeen turnips early, and red tops late; gather seeds as they become ripe, thresh out, clean, label, and paper them up; earth up celery and endive on dry days; late cabbage and celery may yet be planted; sow Spanish radish, destroy insects everywhere, cut off all dead flowers, remove matured crops, and sow or plant the ground at once, give pot plants plenty of water; cut in pituneas, verbenias, etc., that may have overgrown the edges of the walks, or are overtopping other plants; renew the ashes or lime around peach, plum or apricot trees, to keep off the cut worm, and examine if there be none in the trees; if so, kill them; all kinds of pot plants should be shifted and get fresh soil at the end of this month; don’t let a weed nor an insect live a day!

Source: The Cottage Garden of America, Walter Elder, 1848.

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  1. I really love the smell of tomatoes on the vine. They remind me of my childhood picking tomatoes in the early summer morning as the sun was peaking out from the tallest of trees while I rubbed the sleep from my eyes.

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