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August 2016

"What dreadful hot weather we have!
It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance"
Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Hazy, hot, and humid (1, 2) with storms, then heavy rain (3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Hot and humid (8, 9) with periods of storms and cooler (10, 11, 12, 13). Hazy, hot, and humid again (14, 15, 16, 17) with remnants of tropical storm, heavy rain, storms (18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23). Fair and cooler (24, 25, 26) turning cloudy and warm (27, 28, 29) humid and storms (30, 31).

Full Moon: Augusts’ full moon occurs on August 18th and with August 11th marking the end of those ‘Dog Days of Summer’; it has been called Dog Moon. Many Native American tribes also referred to it as Full Ripe Moon or Fruit Moon because of the many fruits and vegetables coming ripe during the month,

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Holidays: Before you know it, Labor Day will be here signaling the end of summer so enjoy it while you can!

The garden: Summer blooming shrubs should be pruned for shape after they have finished flowering. Remove any dead or diseased branches. Pull weeds before they have a chance to flower and go to seed again. Otherwise, you will be fighting newly germinated weed seed for the next several years. Weeds in the garden are harmful because they rob your plants of water and nutrients, harbor insects and diseases, and, on occasion grow tall enough to shade your flowers and plants. Change the water in your birdbath regularly, and keep it filled. Standing water is less healthy for the birds, and may become a breeding ground for mosquito larvae. Continue to watch for insect, slugs and snails, or disease damage throughout the garden and take the necessary steps to control the problem.

J. Gruber’s Thought For Today’s Living

"A little experience often upsets a lot of theory".

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