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Harvest Rainwater, and Keep the Change
by Lori Pindar, University of Georgia

Harvesting rainwater is an alternative for homeowners that not only provides a water source in times of drought and water bans, but also can help the environment.
Maintaining Perennials in the June and Summer Garden
by Perennial Plant Association

Adherence to a summer schedule of maintenance duties will enhance the beauty of the garden and allow perennials to flourish at optimum appearance.
Some Vegetables Thrive in Summer Heat
by Dan Gill, LSU Ag Center

Vegetables that can be planted now are amaranth, collards, eggplant (the long, skinny oriental types are more productive in heat), Jerusalem artichokes, Malabar spinach, New Zealand spinach, peanuts, hot peppers, sweet peppers (banana, gypsy) sweet potato (slips), Swiss chard and tomatillo. This is also a great time to plant basil.
Treasures of the National Agricultural Library: Curtis's Botanical Magazine
by Marcia Wood, Agricultural Research Service Information Staff

The National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Maryland, holds an incredible collection of garden-related periodicals. Part of this collection includes editiions of Curtis's Botanical Magazine, a historic British gardening journal. Electronic versions of beautiful, hand-painted watercolor flowers can be found in these online editions.
General July Checklist
by Gardening123 Staff

At First Blush, Harvest Tomatoes
by Kathleen W. Ward

When they reach a certain age, tomatoes Americans' favorite garden vegetable, which is really a fruit start acting like teenagers. All they do is hang around. They're in the throes of suddenly active hormones which in the tomatoes' case, produce gas! They're still attached to their vine, but become totally closed off from its day-to-day operations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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