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■ farm and garden december


Best days according to Moon phases.


Best planting days Above ground crops . . .


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


Best fishing days  Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


 Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


4-5, 9-10, 14-15 1, 19-20, 25-28 1, 19-20, 27-28 No good days.


I 9-10, 19-20


6-8, 14-15, 27-28 1, 5, 16-18, 23-24


2-4, 11-13, 21-22, 25-26, 29-31


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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . End projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Go camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graft or pollinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harvest above ground vegetables . . . . Harvest below ground vegetables . . . . Go to the dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . .


8, 13


18, 23, 29 4-5


1, 27-29 1, 27-29 16, 25 8-9


11-12 11-12 1-2


2-3, 30-31 18-19 13-14 23-24 23-24 8-9


20-22 23-24 13-14


21, 26, 30 7-8 4-5


21, 26, 30 —from the Old Farmer’s Almanac Folksy Tips, Hints & Wisdom


Gifts for Gardeners Down-to-earth tools and gadgets are best


s there a gardener on your Christmas list? If so, they’re sure to appreciate a down-to-earth gardening gift that saves time or makes gardening easier is always a welcome present.


Some ideas:


Garden tools. Pick good ones that will hold up under the toughest gardening chores. Stainless steel tools with hardwood handles are guaranteed to last for many seasons, as are trowels made of a single blade and shank. Electric hedge trimmers, shredders, and tillers are thoughtful additions to the list. Combination tools, such as a knife and trowel, simplify transplanting and weeding tasks.


An assortment of gardening cheer. Fill a bushel basket, window box, upside- down planter, or lightweight garden cart with a variety of gardening goodies. Include good-fitting gardening gloves in different colors, coatings, and arm lengths. Garden aprons, kneelers, or kneepads are convenient necessities. Hand creams designed to soothe chapped or sunburned skin are always appreciated. Throw in a gardening book, a horticultural magazine or a pest and plant disease identification guide.


Jumpstart planting. Help your gardener start the season


sooner by making it easier to propagate new plants from seeds and cuttings. Warming mats, grow light kits, or seed-starting systems can help the winter pass more quickly.


Seeds can be started with a windowsill kit or in an electric propagator. A tabletop model or a cart with shelves makes year-round gardening possible. Add packets of seeds as a stocking stuffer.


For good health. Gardening stools come in a variety of designs to alleviate stress on backs, legs, and joints. Long-handled tools, such as tree pruners or grass shears, help when gardening while standing up; while telescoping tools easily adjust to the right length for gardening while seated. Self-coiling garden hoses and lightweight fiberglass planters on rolling stands also reduce back stress.


Create a relaxing retreat. A piece of outdoor furniture, such as a comfy lounger with weatherproof cushions or an old-fashioned hammock, makes a perfect place to unwind after a day of weeding. Accents such as a gazing balls, statues, or colorful garden lights lend a nice decorative touch that any avid gardener will appreciate.


These ideas are sure to please any gardener. Have a merry Christmas!


10 | october 2013


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