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Week of August 10, 2020

To dry flowers for indoor arrangements, cut before they reach full bloom.To dry flowers for indoor arrangements, cut before they reach full bloom. 

Shallow-rooted trees like hemlock, birch, and fir are more prone to drought stress. 

Do not handle hairy, white and black hickory tussock moth caterpillars.

Overwatering melons as they near maturity may reduce sweetness.

Collect seed pods of radishes for use in cooking. 

When harvesting squash this season, keep in mind that butternut and acorn squash are ready to harvest when their skins become hard enough to resist scratching from your fingernail. Use a sharp knife to slice through the stem several inches above the fruit. Acorn squash can be eaten immediately, however, butternut squash’s flavor will improve with a month or two of storage.

Water tomatoes regularly early in the day to avoid dry spells and then soakings. Watering in this manner will reduce the incidence of pests, disease and cracking fruit.


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