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PAGE 10 NOVEMBER 2011


november 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 . . . . . . . . . . . .


4.5


Begin diet to lose weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 23 Begin logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 27-28 Breed animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24 Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle . . . . . . . 14-15 Cut hair to discourage growth . . . . . . . . 21-22 Cut hair to encourage growth . . . . . . . . Cut hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


4-5, 9 7-8


Destroy pests and weeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 Entertain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-18 Go camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


25-26


Go to the dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19-20 Graft or pollinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-15 Harvest above ground vegetables . . . . 9, 27-28 Harvest below ground vegetables . . . . 19-20 Plant above ground vegetables . . . . . . . 4-5 Plant below ground vegetables . . . . . . . 14-15, 23-24 Potty train children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 23 Prune to discourage growth . . . . . . . . . . 17-18 Prune to encourage growth . . . . . . . . . .


7-8


Quit smoking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 23 Set chicken eggs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-12 Set posts or pour concrete . . . . . . . . . . . Start projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


1, 27-28 26-27


Wean animals and children . . . . . . . . . . . 19, 23 —from the Old Farmer’s Almanac


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


Plant fall bulbs now It’s your last chance to dig in the dirt


F


all may be here but that doesn’t mean it’s time to


hang up your trowel for the season. If you love welcome spring’s first blossoms, there’s one


last item of business you’ll


need to take care of before you put the garden to bed: Plant fall bulbs!


November and December are the best times to plant the bulbs that will burst into the tulips, narcissus, crocus and daffodils next spring. A few tips to help you before you begin:


 Every fall, there are bulbs to purchase everywhere! For the best


results, buy bulbs from a reputable nursery, garden center, or catalog.


Plant anytime before the ground freezes. Ideally, plant your bulbs soon after you purchase them.


Select a site with lots of sun and well-drained soil. Work a few inches of compost in the soil.


Plant lots of bulbs in case some do not sprout. And plant them in random order and spacing for a more natural appearance. If you love groves of daffodils and blanketed landscapes of tulips, be prepared to buy and plant a large quantity of bulbs.


In general, plant bulbs at a depth of three times the width of the bulb.


After planting, apply fertilizer low in nitrogen, such as a 9-6-6 formulation. If your soil’s sandy, plant bulbs slightly deeper; in clay soils, slightly shallower.


Water well after planting. Apply mulch to keep the weeds down and hold in moisture.


If you’re bulbs too often become food for varmints, consider planting your bulbs in a “cage” fashioned with chicken wire.


Have a wonderful fall!


CEC


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