The Dog Days of summer will soon be upon us with a vengeance. The term “Dog Days” is the name for the
sultriest period of summer, from about July 3 to August 11. Named in early times by observers in countries
bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after
the conjunction of Sirius (the dog star) and the sun.
Some good tips to remember during the “dog days” are:
Have plenty of fresh cool water available for your dogs & cats. Make sure they have a cool place to stay during the day
with plenty of shade. Also, do not leave pets unattended inside your vehicle; a closed up vehicle will heat up fast and
cause heat related illness in your pet.
Make sure your outside animals such as horses, cows, goats, sheep and poultry have plenty of fresh water and shade.
Cover your blueberry crop with netting. Rather than draping the netting over the bush (birds will be able to reach the
berries) use stakes to suspend the netting over the shrub. Secure the netting to the ground to prevent birds from
Water & fertilize your vegetable & fruit crops during the early morning hours or early evening hours. Watering during the
heat of the day will cause damage to the plant. Remember to harvest your produce such as tomatoes, zucchini, beans
and other fruiting crops frequently to encourage continued production. Remove any fruits that have gone by unless you’
re in competition for the largest zucchini. You do not want your plants to produce mature seeds as this will signal that it is
time to slow down fruit production.
Soils will dry out quickly in your container plants remember to water and fertilize on a regular basis.
If working in your garden try to do so in the early hours before the heat of the day.
Enjoy your dog days of summer!
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selection of gardening gloves
for all ages.
Chichester - 603.435.8388
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Chichester: Mon.-Fri. 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat. 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sun. 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ossipee: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
|Just a reminder to help you plan ahead:
We will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, Independence Day for
our employees to enjoy the day with their families. Both our
Chichester & Ossipee stores will be open regular hours the
day before on July 3 and the day after on July 5.
We now carry Poulin Grain and
Green Mountain Feeds at both
of our stores.