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'Dog Days of Summer' goes virtual

German shepherd dog on a chair outside
Rambo has his seat for a garden party --
or for supervising any outdoor activities.
Share your pet photos during
Dog Days of Summer. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)
Green Acres hosts annual pet-friendly garden party online

How do you celebrate August gardening with your four-legged best friend? With the Dog Days of Summer!

Continuing through Saturday, this week-long pooch-friendly garden party has been an annual staple at Green Acres Nursery & Supply, with customers invited to bring their dogs to the nursery for special events and presentations. (Treats, too!)

But with the COVID-19 pandemic, “Dog Days 2020” has gone virtual. While the nurseries are still open for customers, all the fun and games are online, via Facebook and Instagram.

“Each day, there will be a new
Facebook prompt,” say Green Acres staff on the nursery’s website. “Follow the daily prompt to enter for your chance to win a Green Acres Nursery & Supply gift card for that day. Double your chances of winning by entering on Instagram, too.”

The challenges are fun, pet-friendly and reflect the summer of 2020. For example, here was Monday’s prompt:

“Share a photo of your dog being the most loyal co-worker.”

As Green Acres notes, “We've been spending more time at home and that means more time with our dogs.” So, pay tribute to that furry assistant.

Tuesday’s challenge: “What’s your favorite pet-friendly plant? We love sharing info about dog-friendly plants. ... It could be an old favorite, a new discovery, or even a houseplant.”

Post answers in comments on Facebook and/or Instagram. Use #GAdogdays20 on your posts.

New challenges are posted daily through Saturday. The giveaway ($50 gift cards each day) ends Sunday with winners notified Monday.



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For week of Dec. 3:

Make the most of gaps between raindrops. This is a busy month!

* Windy conditions brought down a lot of leaves. Make sure to rake them away from storm drains.

* Use those leaves as mulch around frost-tender shrubs and new transplants.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they're dormant.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Plant one last round of spring bulbs including daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas. Get those tulips out of the refrigerator and into the ground.

* This is also a good time to seed wildflowers such as California poppies.

* Plant such spring bloomers as sweet pea, sweet alyssum and bachelor buttons.

* Late fall is the best time to plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from fall and winter rains.

* Lettuce, cabbage and broccoli also can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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