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We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.

~Abraham Lincoln~

Hot, Hotter & Waaaay HOT

This time of the year many gardeners find themselves dreading going out to the garden. Itís hot. There may be more produce than you know what to do with. You might be battling a weed problem. The plants that thrilled you with new leaves and fragile buds a couple of months ago may be looking thirsty, droopy and sad these days.

But there is another side to August gardening. Walking through the garden early in the morning with a cup of coffee while the air is cool and the dew is sparkling on the leaves might be the most refreshing moments of your day. Biting into a crisp, fresh-off-the-vine cucumber during the heat of the afternoon reminds us that the hot sun ripens our veggies to perfection even while it seems to be baking us alive. A vase of fresh cut flowers brightens just about any room, especially if you have to keep the blinds closed to stay cool.

Whether you have a few plants in pots, an acre of vegetables or a flower bed to brighten your porch, planting seeds and caring for your garden provides special gifts. The reasons people garden vary as much as people themselves do. Maybe it is a way for you to connect with nature, or maybe you share special time in the garden with someone. Whatever your reasons are, the heat of August might make you lose sight of the rewards.

In January, when the ground is frozen and the seed catalogs start arriving in the mailbox, the long, hot days of late summer will be a hazy memory. Sometimes it seems no matter the season, we are wishing for something different. When itís cold, we dream of warm weather and when itís hot we wish for cooler weather.

Take advantage of whatever opportunities the hot days offer, but take proper precautions. Work early in the morning or late in the evening. Drink plenty of water. If you feel dizzy or disoriented, get yourself to the shade or inside immediately. Wear a hat and sunscreen. As long as you are careful, you can still find pleasure in caring for your plants!


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