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


Above ground crops . . . 1-3, 7-8, 27-30 Root crops . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-13, 16-17, 20-22 Seed beds . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3, 20-22, 29-30 Kill plant pests . . . . . . . . . 23-26


Best fishing days


 Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-13, 20-22  Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3, 30  Fair: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8, 14-17, 29  Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 4-6, 18-19, 23-28


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


2, 11, 29


Begin diet to lose weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 29 Begin logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7 Breed animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3, 29-30 Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle . . . . . . . 21-22 Cut hair to discourage growth . . . . . . . . 16-17 Cut hair to encourage growth . . . . . . . . 1, 11, 28 Cut hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14 Destroy pests and weeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-14 Entertain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24 Go camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


4-5


Go to the dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25-26 Graft or pollinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-22 Harvest above ground vegetables . . . . Harvest below ground vegetables . . . .


6-7 16-17


Plant above ground vegetables . . . . . . . 2-3, 29-30 Plant below ground vegetables . . . . . . . 21-22 Potty train children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 25 Prune to discourage growth . . . . . . . . . . 23-24 Prune to encourage growth . . . . . . . . . .


4-5


Quit smoking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 25 Set chicken eggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9, 17-18 Set posts or pour concrete . . . . . . . . . . . Start projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


6-7 28-29


Wean animals and children . . . . . . . . . . . 16, 25 —from the Old Farmer’s Almanac


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


Drought striken plants? Tips to help them make it through


N


o doubt about it: It’s been a brutal summer. Even the hardiest of


plants ,shrubs and trees are parched. While some of us gave up long ago, others continue to battle the dry conditions in desperate attempt to save precious plants.


While fall may offer some relief, dry conditions could continue. Below are basic survival tips to help your landscape.


Lawn During a drought, it’s best to not do anything to your lawn. Mow as little as possible, and mow at the highest setting on the mower. The added leaf blade length will aid in storing water. Don’t fertilize, aerate, de-thatch or topdress. Remember, brown grass simply indicates that the grass is dormant. This is nature’s way of conserving energy. Dormant grass is not dead.


For lawns, only an inch of rain or irrigation per week is necessary. FYI: A sprinkler used on home lawns usually delivers from one- quarter to one-third inch per hour. Better to give the lawn a good soaking (up to six inch depth) once a week than to water a small amount frequently.


Plants and Shrubs Water less frequently but deeply and thoroughly. Hand water around the leaf line of the plant to concentrate watering where the roots are. Poke holes around the plant before watering to allow water to penetrate deeper.


Water before 9 am or after 6 pm to minimize evaporation. Soaker hoses work well because they slowly soak the soil and allow moisture to penetrate deeply.


Don’t prune or fertilize. The last thing you want to do is encourage the plant to produce new growth when it’s struggling to survive. Wilting and cessation of growth are survival mechanisms and natural ways for plants to reduce stress during drought and heat.


Don’t plant or transplant during stressful periods. Plants take a period of up to a year to establish themselves but once established, will hold their own. Remember, even drought tolerant plants can’t survive without strong root systems. Extra watering and care during the first year of a plant’s life is necessary.


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