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The Almanacs Say...January 6-12


By Betsy Muse - Posted on 06 January 2013

I love reading my almanacs. My grandparents got me started on them a long time ago. Every year at Christmas I get one of each. Here is what they say we have to look forward to this week:

Blum's Farmer's and Planter's Almanac

Weather:
In North Carolina we will have frost through Monday with cold rains through the rest of the week. We will start to recover and have fair weather by the 12th.

Gardening:
In warmer climates we should prune grapevines. Dormant spraying can be done if we don't see freezing temperatures. In North Carolina the ground is still a little soggy for setting out plants and seeds, but further south you can plant hardy vegetables.

Now is a good time to dig up and separate phlox and make cuttings of crepe myrtle, butterfly bush, roses and hydrangea.

January's Best Days

Plant above ground crops - 11th
Plant root crops - 6th, 7th, 10th
Transplant - 6th, 7th
Seed beds - 6th, 7th
Prune to encourage growth - 6th, 7th
Apply organic fertilizer - 6th, 7th
Harvest Crops - 8th, 9th

Harris' Farmer's Almanac

Weather
We will have near normal temperatures with slightly above normal precipitation.
Coolest days 6-9 and warmest days 11-12

Garden
Make sure plants that need it are covered with mulch and start planning your spring and summer gardens.

Best Days
Plant above ground crops - 11th, 12th
Control pests - 9th, 10th
Plant flowers - 11th, 12th

Old Farmer's Almanac has a detailed guide on their website. Head on over and have a look.

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