Dog Days are coming to an end

The dog days will end on August 11

Starting next Thursday, August 11, Dog Days 2022 will come to an end. This does not mean that the hot weather will come to an end, only that the humidity will drop a little. Even with Dog Days gone, we still have plenty of warm weather in store as we are only halfway through summer.

Check for pesky morning glories

As we head into August, watch those pesky morning glory vines closely and don’t let them choke out the summer vegetables. A morning glory flower can produce a pod with hundreds of seeds. Morning glory vines also have roots like drills that go deep into the ground. Pull them by their roots and out of the garden before they reach the flower stage.

There is still time to plant a row or bed of turnips

August days are the time to plant a row of purple turnips and give them a head start for a fall harvest. You can plant them in rows or beds as August progresses. Add a layer of peat moss in the furrow when sowing turnips.

Cat nights begin

On August 17, Cat Nights will begin. Have you ever wondered why cats prowl at night – it’s because all day long they take cat naps. Cats are always on the prowl at night and the night seems to belong to them. Cats are a bit like August, unpredictable, temperamental, restless, continually searching and mysterious. The cats at night seem to be in a transitional state and typical for all of August which sees lots of heat during the day and cold dew at night. It’s a month where the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Cats are difficult to understand and many days in August are difficult to understand and are as unpredictable as my cat. My grandmother from Northampton County had several cats, and she had an old saying that cats attracted lightning and that when there was a thunderstorm, she made sure they weren’t on her porch or near the chicken coop. One thing we know about Cat Nights is that they will be hot!

Tomato Bread Pudding

With a plentiful harvest of fresh tomatoes, you can use part of the harvest to make tomato bread pudding. My grandma and mom have always used leftover homemade cookies in their puddings, but we use leftover hot dog and hamburger buns and you can also use Caesar salad croutons for bread pudding. tasty tomatoes. To make fresh tomato bread pudding, place ten or twelve fresh tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for half a minute, remove them, and place them in a bowl of cold water. Remove the peels and the core, the tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into chunks and simmer them until they break apart and become velvety. Add one, stick light margarine to the cooked tomatoes, add a cup of sugar, half a teaspoon of salt, two beaten eggs, four hot dog or hamburger buns or a packet of Caesar salad croutons or break buns into small pieces 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring, 1/2 cup ketchup, 4 drops Texas Pete hot sauce. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish or dish sprayed with Pam cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Sprinkle the top of the pudding with finely grated Parmesan cheese or a layer of cream cheese.

August fog season

We hope you keep a written record of the size and number of fogs each August morning. Check them every morning when you first get up, especially before the sun starts scorching them. Mists indicate the types of snowfall that winter will bring. It will be interesting to see if the August fogs affect the number and amount of snowfall that winter will produce. According to my grandmother from Northampton County, heavy fog meant heavy show, medium fog meant medium snow, and light fog meant dusty, trace, or very light snowfall. Track the fogs for the 31 days of August and see what winter brings in snowfall and amounts

Tomatoes ripen quickly in the August heat

In the heat of the August sun, tomatoes ripen quickly, on days when the sun is setting and no rain or thunderstorms are expected, use the water wand in shower mode and water the base of the tomato vines, and not the foliage to avoid blossom end rot. During dry spells, birds dig holes in tomatoes to obtain moisture. To avoid this, harvest tomatoes before they are fully ripe and place them on the porch or patio to finish ripening. Apply lime powder to the tomato vines and tamp the soil on both sides of the tomato vines. You can also mix lime and water in a watering can (about two liters of lime per watering can). Add water to the can and pour around the base of the tomato vines.

Keep harvested sweet peppers

Sweet peppers should be almost ready to harvest when the August sun shines on them. Sweet Bells are easy to process and freeze. All you have to do is cut off the tops, split them open and remove the seeds, and cut the peppers into quarter-inch cubes and place them in plastic quart containers or of a liter. When you need it throughout the year, pour out what you need and return the container to the freezer.

Starting a Late Harvest of Strike Green Beans

Strike is the best green bean variety for late summer and heavy production. A row planted this week will produce a harvest in late September and into October. Plant the ridges in a furrow about four inches deep and apply a layer of peat moss in the furrow after sowing the seed. Apply a layer of Black Kow Composted Cow Manure and an application of Plant-Tone Organic Plant Food. Hill Soil on both sides of the furrow and tame with the hoe blade for good ground contact. Once they have developed two leaves, apply a side dressing of Plant-Tone and tamp the soil to cover it. Apply water with the water nozzle in shower mode if no rain is expected during the week.

Rainbow of colors in the zinnia bed

Midsummer zinnias display a rainbow of colors and attract an abundance of attention from yellow and black swallowtail butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, goldfinches and majestic monarch butterflies. When all of these floral masterpieces are displayed with the tapestry of butterfly wings, they combine to put on a spectacular show.

August Almanac

The moon reached its first quarter on Friday, August 5. The full moon will be full on Thursday, August 11. This full moon will be called “Full Sturgeon Moon”. The moon reaches its last quarter on Friday, August 19. There will be a new moon on the evening of Saturday August 27.

Prepare a pound cake with applesauce

This is a very easy recipe for an applesauce pound cake that could be described as semi-homemade. All you have to do is mix together a box of Duncan Hines Caramel Cake Mix or Spice Cake Mix (caramel is best), a three-ounce box of Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix or butterscotch, four large eggs, a pint of applesauce, a teaspoon of apple pie spice, a half cup of Crisco oil, a half cup of milk, a teaspoon of vanilla flavouring. Mix all the ingredients well. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a tube pan with Pam cooking spray, pour the batter into the pan, and bake forty-five to fifty minutes. The cake will be done when it springs back when touched or when a toothpick comes out clean. Better yet, you can tell by the smell when this cake is done.

The Firefly 2022 Report – Summer 2022

June started off on a cool note with some temperatures in the cool 40s and the overall average temperature for the month was 72 degrees. This resulted in a drop in the number of fireflies during the first week of June. On June 8, the number of fireflies was 80 and the temperature was 74 degrees; On June 9 the count was 175′ on June 12 the count was 237. The count was 325 on June 16. On June 23, the number was 320. For most of June, the average number was 260 each evening between 8:50 a.m. and 9:25 p.m.

The record number was June 29, it was 606. That evening the temperature was 78 and the humidity was 65. That evening the fireflies were observed from the trees to the grass on the lawn and all areas in between.

The ideal nights for counting were dry, less humid and windless nights. Peak viewing is between 8:35 p.m. and 9:35 p.m. Their numbers seem to decrease thereafter. At the start of Dog Days, the number averaged around 100 or less. The best counts were between 70 and 79. On rainy evenings the count decreases. High humidity affects their number.

In July, the first day of the month, we counted 536 with a temperature of 74 and a humidity of 79. July 2 was stormy and few fireflies. July 3 was clear, humidity 84 and a count of 236. On July 4 the temperature was 78 and the humidity was 69 and the count was 326. On July 6 the count was 159 with a humidity of 85 and a temperature of 81. As we reached Dog Days, the average count slowed significantly each night with humid conditions and evening thunderstorms.

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