Dog Days begin, growing squash, star-spangled chicken

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)

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
184th day of the year

Yeardley Smith (actress) was born on this day in 1964.
Andy Griffith (actor) died on this day in 2012.

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Dog Days Begin

What Are the Dog Days of Summer?
What are the “Dog Days of Summer”—and when are they?  The answer might surprise you. Enjoy this page about the meaning and origins of the “Dog Days of Summer.”
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. 
Tips on Plant Supports

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.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Bottle Opener

Features a cast iron opener with a weathered patina!
Growing Squash

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!
Country Kitchen Dish Towels

Choose from 8 different rustic, cotton dish towels!
Star-Spangled Chicken

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.

Kaleidoscope Wind Spinner

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

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.