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When high the Sun in noonday glory rides,
Where willows keep the lake’s green margin cool,
The speckled trout amid their shadow hides,
And dragonflies haunt every shaded pool.

–Thomas S. Collier

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Coping With Bugs


Labor Day
Grandparents Day
Happy New Year!


Planet Watch


Get Your Veggies and Herbs


Herb Vinegar
Garden Delight
Garden Medley Quiche
Western Harvest Bounty Soup
Kale Harvest Pie
Cooking Tips for Greens

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The end of August is here, and the vegetables and herbs in your garden are ready to be picked and enjoyed.

Herb Vinegar
A great way to use up homegrown herbs (or ones you find at the local farmers’ market) is to make herb vinegar.

Garden Delight
Try this attractive and easy-to-make vegetable side dish.

Garden Medley Quiche
This recipe makes two 10-inch quiches that will feed a crowd. Replace the frozen spinach with fresh if you have some.

Western Harvest Bounty Soup
A hearty soup including a variety of vegetables.

Kale Harvest Pie
Include other greens (Swiss chard, spinach, or turnip greens) for a varied flavor.

Cooking Tips for Greens

Here are some handy hints for cooking spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and other greens.



August is the time when some summer bugs are still 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 you find unwanted creatures in your kitchen, don’t reach for the poison. For example, discourage ants trailing in and out with sprigs of pennyroyal or wipe your counters with vinegar.

If it’s your pet that’s bothered, try putting a drop of lemon oil or oil of rosemary on its collar for flea control.

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September 1—Labor Day

Always the first Monday in September, Labor Day was the idea of Peter J. Maguire, a labor union leader who in 1882 proposed a celebration honoring the American worker. At his suggestion, 10,000 workers held a parade in Union Square, New York City, and followed it with political speeches, fireworks, and a picnic. The date chosen was simply “convenient,” according to Maguire, because it was midway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. Although the day’s focus on organized labor has diminished over the years, the legal holiday still marks the end of summer and the traditional time for children to return to school.

September 7—Grandparents Day

In 1970, a West Virginia housewife, Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, initiated a campaign to set aside a special day just for grandparents. In 1978, the United States Congress passed legislation proclaiming the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The proclamation was signed by President Jimmy Carter. (September was chosen to signify the “autumn years” of life.)

Planet Watch

On September 1, Venus, Mercury, Mars, and the crescent Moon all meet in the western sky about 40 minutes after sunset. The conjunction is low in the sky and can only be viewed from the southern states. All of us can see bright Jupiter if we look south between nightfall and 11 P.M.

For more skywatch advice, visit our Astronomy Center for the best viewing dates and times in your area.

Get Your Veggies and Herbs

The vegetable garden is likely to require daily harvesting now.

Cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers should be picked as soon as the fruit are ready. This not only captures the best flavor, but also makes way for new fruit.

The maximum flavor for herbs to be dried is obtained by cutting them just before their flowers open.

Make sure that potatoes are not escaping into the sunlight. Hill or mulch them if they are.

Trenches of new asparagus beds should receive their final filling in this month.

Remove dead pea vines, bolted lettuce, and other plants that have gone by and add them to the compost pile. If they show signs of disease, however, burn them.

For more harvest tips, go to our helpful Ripeness Guide .

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