Dog Days begin, growing squash, star-spangled chicken
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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, July 3, 2018
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)
The Dog Days of Summer
The “Dog Days” of summer last from July 3 to August 11. What are the Dog Days, exactly? The ancient origins of this common phrase might surprise you. Enjoy this article about the meaning behind the Dog Days of summer!
Plant Supports: It's a Holdup!
Now that your plants are up and growing, you’ll find that 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 appreciate a little break from the hot sun.
Squash (Zucchini) Squash, especially zucchini, are outrageously prolific producers! Easy to grow, each plant will produce several squash a day during peak season! Here’s how to sow, grow, and harvest squash.