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■ farm and garden august


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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


1-4, 8-9, 28-31


12-13, 16-17, 20-22 3-4, 20-22, 30-31 18-19, 23-24


10-13, 20, 22 3-4, 8-9, 30-31 7, 16-17


1-2, 5-6, 14-15, 18-19, 23-29


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 . . . . . . . . . . .


3, 30


12, 16 7-8


3-4, 30-31 20-21 11-12


1-2, 28-29 13-14 13-14 23-24 5-6


20-22 7-8


15-17 25-27


3-4, 30-31 20-21 23-24 5-6


12, 16 7-8


26-27 12, 16


—from the Old Farmer’s Almanac


f you haven’t heard the buzz about honey bees, please listen up: Honey bees are dying in alarming numbers due to a disease known as colony collapse disorder. U.S. beekeepers report honey bee losses of 40-100 percent, with alarming die offs taking place around the globe. Because honey bees are important pollinators for the world’s food crops, President Obama has ordered a task force to produce a strategy within 180 days to stop the alarming decline of honeybees, butterflies and other pollinators. In addition, EPA will research the role of a new class of pesticides, neonicotinoids, that have been linked with the collapse of honeybees.


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Bees require nectar , which are loaded with sugars and serve as the main energy source for bees. They also require pollen for a balance of proteins and fats.


Many flowers sold in nurseries today are hybridized for features such as disease resistance, flower size or bloom color, however the process can decrease the production of pollen and nectar. Climate conditions also play a role.


There is growing evidence of a direct link between neonicotinoids, the most widely used class of insecticides, and colony collapse disorder. A Harvard study last month found exposure to two of the neonicotinoids caused honeybees to leave their hives and die.


Poor nutrition, parasites, and loss of habitat will also be studied as potential causes of the die-off. Plans call for expanding habitat for honeybees on federal land and around government buildings, using plants that are beneficial to pollinators.


10 | june 2014


To help bees and other pollinator insects—like butterflies—provide a range of plants that will offer a succession of flowers throughout the whole growing season. Create flower patches for bees— even a small area planted with good flowers is beneficial.


Native plants such as bee balm, black-eyed susan, and purple coneflower are usually best for native bees. There are also many garden plants— particularly older, heirloom varieties of perennials and herbs—that are good sources of nectar or pollen. Together with native plants, these will make a garden attractive to both pollinators and people.


Folksy Tips, Hints & Wisdom


The Buzz About Bees Presidential task force will study decline


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