Dog Days begin, growing squash, star-spangled chicken

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, July 3, 2018

moon over prairie

A moon-flooded prairie; a straying 
Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying 
Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming 
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming 
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July
!
–James N. Matthews (1852–1910)

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The Dog Days of Summer
The Dog Days of Summer
The “Dog Days” of summer last from July 3 to August 11. What are the Dog Days of summer, exactly? What do they have to do with dogs? The ancient origins of this common phrase might surprise you. Enjoy this article about the meaning behind the Dog Days of summer!
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Wine Bottle Lights

Create ambient lighting from an empty wine bottle! Choose a bottle from a special celebration or because of its interesting shape and color. 

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Plant Supports: It's a Holdup!
Plant Supports: It's a Holdup!
Once plants are up and growing, some of them need a little support. Encouraging sprawling plants to grow up will keep the fruit cleaner and make it easier to harvest, along with giving the whole plant better exposure to the sun. A trellised plant can provide shade for a crop like lettuce that would...
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The Old Farmer's Almanac Bottle Opener

Features a cast iron opener with a weathered patina!

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Zucchini
Zucchini
Zucchini is a garden staple and an extremely vigorous grower. Each plant will produce several squash a day during peak season! But that doesn’t mean that they’re trouble-free. In our Zucchini Growing Guide and video, we’ll share tips and tricks to sidestep common squash problems, as well as tips on...
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Kitchen Dish Towels

Discover our large selection of cotton dish towels with country and farmhouse style!

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Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa
Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa

Our Star-Spangled Chicken With Fireworks Salsa will be a huge hit for any festive occasion, especially a patriotic one.

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Kaleidoscope Wind Spinner

Features a deep and highly reflective finish that hypnotically pulses with each breeze! Made in the USA to last.

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Dog Days Iced Tea
Dog Days Iced Tea

A hot summer day is the best time to whip up a refreshing pitcher of Dog Days Iced Tea.

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Ode to a Cow Almanac Wooden Sign

This poem was originally printed in The 1936 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Its inspirational advice is still relevant for today’s busy lifestyles.

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