by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.
July - the Full Buck Moon After a somewhat soggy spring, we are now into the throes of the hot, dry July weather. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, July is known as the month of the Full Buck Moon or the Thunder Moon. Native American tribes kept track of each month by giving it a descriptive name. July was called the Full Buck Moon because that is when the new antlers of buck deer begin to appear. It is also called the Thunder Moon because a lot of thunderstorms occur in July. Here in north Georgia, the Cherokee tribe calls July the Month of the Ripe Corn Moon. My late stepgrandmother, who was half Cherokee, always planted her garden by the signs of the moon. The older I get, the less enthused I am about working in the yard in the hot summer sun. Early morning, and later in the evening after dinner have become my preferred times. As I survey the landscape, I no-
tice that the annuals that I planted in May have begun to fade. You can rejuvenate annuals by cutting them back to approximately half their height, then fertilizing with 1/2 cup of 5-10-10 fertilizer per square yard of planted area. Water and apply a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch. You can also apply a liquid fertilizer, manure, or compost “tea” to give them a shot in the arm. Any annuals that didn’t make it can be added to the compost pile, unless they are showing signs of disease or insect problems. Diseased and insect-infested plants 83