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your CO-OP PAGE 10 JULY 2011 july Best days according to Moon phases. Best planting days


Above ground crops . . . 1, 7-11, 14 Root crops . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-16, 19-20, 24-25, 28-29 Seed beds . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 9-11, 28-29 Kill plant pests . . . . . . . . . 23, 26-27


Best fishing days


 Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-20  Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 9-11, 14-16, 28-29  Fair: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6, 12-13, 24-25  Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3, 7-8, 21-23, 26-27, 30-31


Best days to do other stuff Begin diet to gain weight . . . . . . . . . . . .


5, 9


Begin diet to lose weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18, 23 Begin logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14 Breed animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10 Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle . . . . . . . 28-29 Cut hair to discourage growth . . . . . . . . 23-24 Cut hair to encourage growth . . . . . . . .


7-8


Cut hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-22 Destroy pests and weeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-22 Entertain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4, 30-31 Go camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


11-12


Go to the dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Graft or pollinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2, 28-29 Harvest above ground vegetables . . . . Harvest below ground vegetables . . . .


5-6 23-24


Plant above ground vegetables . . . . . . . 9-10 Plant below ground vegetables . . . . . . . 18-19, 28-29 Potty train children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18, 23 Prune to discourage growth . . . . . . . . . . 21-22 Prune to encourage growth . . . . . . . . . .


3-4


Quit smoking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18, 23 Set chicken eggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-16 Set posts or pour concrete . . . . . . . . . . . Start projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


13-14 2-3


Wean animals and children . . . . . . . . . . . 18, 23 —from the Old Farmer’s Almanac


Folksy Tips, Hints & Wisdom FOR FARM, HOME AND GARDEN


Prepare for fall harvest Plant vegetables in July and August


preparing and planting your cool season vegetable garden for a fall harvest.


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First, remove the weeds that have worked their way in using your method of choice—hand weeding, herbicide, etc. (If you applied a heavy mulch on your garden this spring, you’ll be awfully glad you did!)


As you prepare your bed, remember to mix in a good amount of compost. Add manure, lime or other soil boosters if needed.


Tomatoes and peppers need to be planted soon—by the first of August— if they are going to make a good crop before first frost. Grow fast maturing tomato varieties for a good fall harvest. Look for varieties with less than 75 days to maturity. ‘Surefire’ sets and matures all of its tomatoes very quickly, giving you a strong harvest that beats the first freeze. Most cherry tomatoes will bear fruit within 65 days of transplanting.


Timing is very important for a successful fall garden. Heat tolerant/ cold sensitive crops need to be planted in time to mature before cold weather slows growth, while cool season/heat sensitive crops are planted late enough to avoid the heat, but early enough to take the first frosts of winter.


The optimal times for planting fall vegetables in southeast Oklahoma are listed below. Happy gardening!


Beans............................8/1 - 9/1 Lima beans .........7/15 - 8/15


Beets ............................9/1 - 10/15 Mustard..............9/15 - 10/15 Broccoli plants ..........8/1 - 9/15 Brussels sprouts.........8/1 - 10/1 Cabbage plants .........8/15 - 9/15


Carrots...........................8/15 - 10/15 Pepper plants............7/1 - 8/1 Cauliflower...................8/15 - 9/15 Swiss Chard..................8/1 - 10/15 Collard/Kale.................8/15 - 10/1 Corn, Sweet..................8/1 - 8/15 Cucumber.....................8/1 - 9/1 Eggplant........................7/15 - 8/1 Garlic...............................9/1 - 10/15 Kohlrabi..........................8/15 - 9/15


Lettuce............................9/15 - 10/15 Watermelon...............7/1 - 8/1


Parsley....................8/15 - 10/1 English peas.........8/15 - 9/15 Southern peas..........7/1 - 8/1


Potatoes................ 8/15 - 9/15 Pumpkin.....................7/1 - 8/1 Radish...................9/15 - 10/15 Spinach...................9/1 - 10/15 Summer squash..7/15 - 8/15 Squash, Winter........7/1 - 7/15 Tomato plants.........7/15 - 8/1 Turnips....................10/1 - 11/1


hen the hot summer sun sends most people indoors, serious vegetable gardeners take it as a sign to get busy. Believe it or not, July and August is the time to start


CEC


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