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Drawn up in serried ranks across the fields
That, as we
gaze, seem ever to increase,
With tasseled flags and Sun-emblazoned shields,

The glorious army of Earth’s perfect peace.

–C. W.
Coleman, Corn, 1892

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New England
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July is the time when summer bugs are at their best
(or worst, as the case may be). Herbs can be used for pest control. Dried
wormwood, yarrow, santolina, tansy, mint, and lavender are traditional moth
repellents. If it’s your pet who’s bothered, try putting a drop of lemon oil or
rosemary oil on his or her collar for flea control. Coping With
includes a few more tips for dealing with some pests in the house and

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Day (August 1)

From the Old English hlaf, “loaf,” and
maesse, “mass” or “feast,” Lammas is very old indeed. It derives from the
ancient English festival called the Gule of August, which marked the beginning
of the harvest, traditionally August 1. The early English church kept this pagan
dedication of the first fruits but converted it to Christian usage. Through the
centuries, “loaf-mass” became corrupted in spelling and pronunciation to Lammas.
On Lammas Day, loaves of bread were baked from the first-ripened grain and
brought to the churches to be consecrated.

After Lammas Day, corn ripens as much by night as by day.

Dog Days End (August 11)

The dog days (the hottest and most unhealthy days
of the year) end today. This period is traditionally the 40 days beginning July
3 and ending August 11.

Perseids (August 11–12)

Of the major meteor showers that return to our
skies at the same time each year, the Perseid shower puts on the brightest
dependable show on the night of August 11–12. Make sure that you check the sky
often after dark. The very best viewing will be after midnight.


Observe on what day in August the first heavy fog
occurs, and expect a hard frost on the same day in October.

If the first week in August is unusually warm, the
winter will be white and long.

If corn blades twist up, it will rain.

For more folklore, visit A Sprinkling
of Summertime Fun and Folklore


With record heat in many places and
warmer-than-normal ocean waters, keep an eye on our weather
and also check our hurricane
. Download hurricane
tracking maps
to record the next named storm.


Two or three leaves should be left when cutting gladiolus, so that
the bulbs can ripen.

Transplant Oriental poppies now.

Rock-garden plants should be checked to see if they need thinning.
Overcrowded plants will not stay healthy or attractive.

Sow these perennials outdoors for next spring: aquilegia, Phlox
digitalis, centaurea, and primrose.

Hardy lily bulbs may be planted in the ground and left to overwinter

Cut back the flower stalks of perennials that have finished

Cut delphinium flower stalks to the ground, and a new, though
smaller, flower stalk will develop. The flower will survive the coming cold days
and even light frosts.

For more gardening tips, go to our Gardening Jobs
by the Month


Based on the Moon’s signs, here are some best days
for certain gardening activities.Cut hay: August 19, 20
Prune to
encourage growth: August 2, 10, 11
Prune to discourage growth: August 19, 20,
28, 29

For more astrological best days, go to our Astrological

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