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Week of August 7, 2023

Place orders for spring-flowering bulbs early to get the best availability.Place orders for spring-flowering bulbs early to get the best availability.

Do not handle hairy, white and black hickory tussock moth caterpillars. Their barbed hairs are used for defense which easily detach and can become embedded in the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes. Exposure to these hairs generally results in a localized rash and associated itching but can also cause a more severe allergic reaction.

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

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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