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PAGE 10 AUGUST 2012


august Best days according to Moon phases. Best plant g da est p a ting days Abo e g ound crops . . .


Above ground crops . . . Root crops . . . . . . . . . . . . Seed beds . . . . . . . . . . . . Kill plant pests . . . . . . . . .


Best fishing days


 Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6, 14, 30-31  Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 15, 22-24, 28-29  Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10, 27  Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8, 11-13, 16-21, 25-26


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


Begin diet to lose weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . Begin logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Breed animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle . . . . . . . Cut hair to discourage growth . . . . . . . . Cut hair to encourage growth . . . . . . . . Cut hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Destroy pests and weeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . Go camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Go to the dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graft or pollinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest above ground vegetables . . . . Harvest below ground vegetables . . . . Plant above ground vegetables . . . . . . . Plant below ground vegetables . . . . . . . Prune to discourage growth . . . . . . . . . . Prune to encourage growth . . . . . . . . . . Quit smoking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Set posts or pour concrete . . . . . . . . . . . Start projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wean animals and children . . . . . . . . . . .


20-24 27-29 20-24, 27-29,


1, 5-6, 9-10, 14-15 14-15, 22-24 11-13, 16


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18,22 4,8


26,27 22, 23 3-4, 13 8-9


20-21 6-7 6-7


24-25 18-19 13-14 18-19 8-9


22-23, 31 3-4, 13 6-7


24-25 4, 8


26-27 18


4, 8 —from the Old Farmer’s Almanac


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


Watering guidelines: How often and how much


t’s August, it’s Oklahoma, and chances are good your landscape may be getting a bit dry and thirsty. This time


of year there’s rarely a question as to whether or not to water, but the following guidelines will help you know when and how much to water during summer dry spells, and throughout the year.


Most experts agree you should water your garden when about half the available water in the soil is depleted. (Don’t wait until a lot less is available; big fluctuations between wet and dry harm plants.) To determine if it is time to water, dig down 4 to 12 inches and feel the soil. The type of soil you have has a lot to do with how much water your garden will retain. Squeeze a handful of soil into a ball and see what happens.


Sandy If you have sandy soil, your sample should stick together slightly or form a weak ball under pressure. If it doesn’t, you need to water.


Loamy For loamy soils, your sample should form a loose ball under pressure. If the soil looks dry and won’t form a ball, it’s time to water.


Clay Clay soil should form a ball easily and ribbon out between your thumb and forefinger when you squeeze it. If you have to apply even a little pressure to form a ball, your garden needs some water.


But how much water should you apply? Always wet the soil at least one foot deep. Otherwise, plant roots will stay in the top four inches of soil, causing plants to be more vulnerable to water stress. Deep watering encourages deep roots, which allow plants to better withstand drought.


One last factor: How should you apply water? Drip irrigation? A sprinkler? Your choice affects how much water you need to put on the garden. Drip irrigation is more efficient—about 85 percent of the water goes directly to the plants’ root zone; overhead watering is about 70 percent efficient. Be sure to add more water to compensate for these inefficiencies. And no matter how you apply the water, remember to water slowly to minimize runoff.


Good luck!


CEC


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