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
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they? The origin of this common phrase might surprise you. Enjoy this page about the meaning and origins of 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 very prolific producers! Easy to grow, each plant will produce several squash a day during peak season. Make sure you harvest summer squash when tender and still immature!