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


Above ground crops . . . 3-7, 10-12 Root crops . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-17, 20-21, 24-25, 30-31 Seed beds . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7, 24-25 Kill plant pests . . . . . . . . . 22-23, 26-27


Best fishing days


 Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-17, 24-25  Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7, 10-12  Fair: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 20-21  Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 3-4, 8-9, 18-19, 22-23, 26-31


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


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Begin diet to lose weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 19 Begin logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Breed animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle . . . . . . . 14-15 Cut hair to discourage growth . . . . . . . . 19-20 Cut hair to encourage growth . . . . . . . .


3-4


Cut hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-18 Destroy pests and weeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17-18 Entertain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26-27 Go camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


7-8


Go to the dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2, 29-30 Graft or pollinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Harvest above ground vegetables . . . . Harvest below ground vegetables . . . .


1-2 20-21


Plant above ground vegetables . . . . . . . 5-6 Plant below ground vegetables . . . . . . . 14-15, 24-25 Potty train children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 19 Prune to discourage growth . . . . . . . . . . 17-18 Prune to encourage growth . . . . . . . . . .


7-8


Quit smoking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 19 Set chicken eggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13, 21-22 Set posts or pour concrete . . . . . . . . . . . Start projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


10-11 30-31


Wean animals and children . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 19 —from the Old Farmer’s Almanac


month, but September is right around the corner, bringing cooler temperatures and hopefully, rain. Most of us plant trees and shrubs in the spring, but fall is a good time for planting, too.


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If you’re considering adding a few trees and shrubs to your landscape, remember there is considerable energy efficiency value in a well placed plant. For example, planting shade trees near the windows on the sunny side of your house can block heat and damaging UV sunrays from getting inside during air conditioning season. A few evergreens near the house can block the wind and keep it from blowing through windows when you’re trying to keep your home warm in winter.


A few tips for fall planting:


◆ Plant in September and early October to allow enough time for roots to establish before the cold weather stops the tree from growing.


◆ Start your trees and shrubs in burlap or containers rather than planting their bare roots into the ground in the fall.


◆ Ask a landscaper or an expert at your garden center which varieties of trees do well when planted in the fall. Some, like red maple, birch, poplars and some oaks do much better when planted in the spring.


◆ Water plants frequently and thoroughly after planting. They need about an inch of water a week until the ground is frozen.


◆ Wrap the trunks of young trees with burlap or plastic in late November to protect them from frost, sunburn and animals. Remove the wrap in the spring.


◆ Spread a thick layer of mulch around newly planted to trees so freezing and thawing of the soil won’t heave them out of the ground.


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


Plant for efficiency Fall planting can save you energy


t’s way too hot to think about planting much this


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