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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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Dig In: Garden Checklist

For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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