August is traditionally holiday-time, so you might need to enlist the help of friends and family to look after the garden while you are away. When you are at home, take the time to prune summer-flowering shrubs. 1. Prune Wisteria 2. Don’t delay summer pruning restricted fruits 3. Deadhead flowering plants regularly 4. Watering! - particularly containers, and new plants, preferably with grey recycled water or stored rainwater 5. Collect seed from favourite plants 6. Harvest sweetcorn and other vegetables as they become ready 7. Continue cutting out old fruited canes on raspberries 8. Lift and pot up rooted strawberry runners 9. Keep ponds and water features topped up 10. Feed the soil with green manures For more information visit www.rhs.org.uk/advice/in-month/august