"Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush-bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn."
Michelle L. Thieme (1937- )
Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Periods of storms (1, 2, 3, 4) turning fair and warm (5, 6, 7); more storm, not as hot (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) returning to fair and very warm weather (14, 15, 16, 17, 18). Still more storms (19, 20, 21) with threat of an Atlantic hurricane with heavy rains, storms (22,
23, 24). Fair and very warm (25, 26, 27) with storms but cooler (28, 29). Fair and warm (30,3 1)
Tornado Watch: The Almanack sees some possible from the 21st to the 25th of the month.
Full Moon: Tuesday, August 11th marks the end of those ĎDog Days of Summerí and thus, Augustsí Full Moon has been called Dog Moon by many Native American tribes. Because of the many fruits and vegetables coming ripe in the month, it has often been referred to as Full Ripe Moon or Fruit Moon as well.
Holidays: Labor Day is just around the corner so enjoy these last few weeks of Summer! School starts for many and a great many parents will be relieved!
The Garden: The beginning of August is your last chance to plant annuals like Zinnias and Petunias for fall bloom. When pulling up spent annuals such as Poppies, Cornflowers and Larkspur shake them so the seeds will fall where you want them to grow next year. If you choose to water your lawn, do so only when wilted or discolored. Be
sure to stop feeding trees and shrubs after August 15th. That will encourage new growth that will not have time to mature before winter. Think about potting herbs you plan to move indoors for the winter. Donít move them in just yet but get them accustomed to their containers early. Rosemary, thyme, and tarragon are the best candidates for this.
J. Gruberís Thought For Todayís Living
"Great things are not accomplished by idle dreams, but by years of patient study".
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