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August To-Do List: Fall Garden Head Start

Keep your garden growing through the heat of the summer and into fall with these essential tasks from HGTV editors and contributors.

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Photo: Debbie Wolfe

Protect Squash

Protect ripening fall pumpkins and winter squash. Slip a piece of terra-cotta beneath them to prevent rot on the bottom. Cover fruits with netting if hungry critters visit your garden frequently. — Julie Martens/Frostburg, Maryland

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Photo: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Sow Cool-Weather Crops

I'll be sowing fall cold weather crops in the garden this month—cabbages, lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, kale, beets and radishes.—Melissa Caughey/Osterville, Massachusetts

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Photo: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Remove Infected Tomato Plants

Pull tomato plants that are done bearing and showing signs of late blight. Destroy—don’t compost—these plants. — Julie Martens

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Start Preserving

We'll make pickles, cucumber kimchi and hot sauce. — Debbie and Mark Wolfe/Atlanta, Georgia

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