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July birthstone: Ruby

July flower: Larkspur or Water Lily

Venus is visible before sunrise through August. Jupiter is too close to the sun to be seen in July.  Mars and Saturn can be seen after sunset.

July 4 Friday Independence Day.
July 5 Saturday First Quarter. The Moon is ending its first quarter. It is waxing. Planting by the Moon: during the Moon’s second quarter, plant vegetables in which the seeds can be eaten: beans, tomatoes, peppers and squash.
July 12 Saturday Full “Thunder” Moon. Full Moon. Planting by the Moon: during the Moon’s third quarter, plant root crops like turnips, potatoes, beets and carrots.
July 15 Tuesday Snake River Stampede begins tonight, continues through Saturday.
July 18 Friday Last Quarter. The Moon is ending its third quarter. It is waning. Planting by the Moon: do no planting during the Moon’s last quarter. Instead, clean up the garden, kill weeds and insect pests.
July 24 Thursday Pioneer Day.
July 26 Saturday New Moon. The Moon is new. Planting by the Moon: during the Moon’s first quarter, plant leaf vegetables like lettuce and other vegetables growing above ground that have seeds that are not eaten.

Shopper Scope Predicts Future Sales
Air conditioners, Swimsuits, Handbags, Hats, Home appliances, Shoes, Home electronics, Freezers and refrigerators, and Sportswear.
In the grocery store and fruit stands, look for buys on Apricots, Avocados, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Lemons, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries, Strawberries, Artichokes, Asparagus, Green beans, Beets, Cucumbers, Corn, Lettuce, Green onions, Peas and Tomatoes.
Fourth of July picnics spur discounts on Meats for grilling, Condiments, Disposable plates and utensils, Chips and soda. Also find sales on Butter, Baked beans and Bottled water.
Air Conditioners, Camping Equipment, Furniture, Gardening Equipment, Hardware, Housewares, Lamps, Paint, Rugs, School Clothes and School Supplies, Towels and Bedding.
At fruit stands and grocery stores, look for bargains on fresh Green beans, Beets, Corn, Cucumbers, Peas, Peppers, Tomatoes, Apricots, Avocados, Blackberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Melons, Nectarines, Peaches and Pears.
Back-to-School sales include the grocery store: Bread, Prepackaged lunch trays (meats and cheeses), Lunch meat, Pudding cups, also Cold cereals and waffles and Hand sanitizing gels and wipes.

Attention to Flowers in July Pays Dividends Later
Turnips may be planted at any time within the first two weeks of this month. They are good vegetables to follow early crops. Beans, carrots, cabbage and similar vegetables should be eaten or processed while slightly on the young side.
The success of the rose bed depends largely upon the amount of water used. The beds should be given a thorough soaking at least once a week. Peony seed pods should be removed.
There is still time to sow seeds of Shirley poppies, mignonette, annual lupines, and babysbreath for late flowering. The first part of this month is not too late to sow seeds of many of the biennials and perennials. Wisterias may be pruned now.
July is the month for transplanting irises. Take divisions from the newer, outside growth. Set in the new location at once and water. Oriental poppies have become dormant by late July and may be divided with success. If roots are cut into two-inch pieces and planted in good soil, most of them will develop new plants.
Cuttings should be made of coleus, geraniums, everblooming begonias, and any other plants that may be needed for the house next winter. Root them in moist sand. It often helps geranium cuttings to root to let them dry in a shady, airy place for several hours before putting them in sand. July and August are the months to maximize lawn watering. Turf needs 1¼ inches of water weekly, preferably divided into two waterings per week.
Edward Farrington and Almanac Staff


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