A week of drier and warmer weather is expected this week. It’s been a trick trying to get outside work done, like grass mowing, with the frequent rains. For some good, Crawford County weather updates, check out the Facebook page, Crawford Weather https://www.facebook.com/pages/CrawfordWeathercom/254604041263110
Actually, the Old Farmers Almanac is forecasting a warmer than normal August with below average rainfall for our region. That be nice.
Because of the cool and wet spring, even the bees haven’t been producing much honey; many of the spring flowers and trees were late blooming.
Local honey, at least for the moment, is getting somewhat hard to come by in some neighborhoods and in some cases beekeepers are worried about honey shortages. Honey shortages have already been reported in Pennsylvania and many other northeastern states. Some beekeepers, however, have indicated that in their neighborhoods, the spring honey flow was late, but the harvest was quality and about average. We’ll have more updates on honey in the next several weeks.
Hopefully, there’s plenty of Goldenrods this fall. They are a rich source of food for the bees just before winter.Similar to the dandelions in the spring, goldenrods are an important natural resource for wildlife. Discover more about dandelions and Goldenrods. They are both fascinating plants.
July is clipping right along; August is almost at the backdoor. It has been a fast summer and it won’t be long before the Crawford County Fair opens.
On the Wild Side
PA hunting licenses are now on sale. Doe should have been sent but there is still some time left for some management zones.
The first sighting in Pennsylvania of an Eurasian collared dove was reported in Crawford County back in 1996, although the populations seems to be larger further south and east. The collared doves, which are migrating to the United States from the West Indies, are now a legitimate game bird in the state.
These doves are slightly larger than our native mourning doves and can be hunted with a migratory bird stamp. Th discover more about these birds, Audubon.
The fishing lately has been really good for anglers. The walleye fishing at both Pymatuning and Lake Erie has been producing some catches. Some nice bass have also been harvested throughout the region. Enjoy our natural resources.
Yard and Garden
Spring isn’t the only time to plant a backyard garden. Many vegetable crops can still be planted in late July and early August. Determine when the first frost date is for your neighborhood and count back. For example, many bean species take 55 days to reach harvest. So planting a crop of beans in late July has the beans ready to pick in mid-September. Peas, lettuce and red beets are also good choices for a fall harvest, as are turnips and radishes.
For your garden and yard questions, contact the Master Gardeners at the Ag Extension Office on Tuesdays and a Master Gardener will answer your questions. If that isn’t possible, call and leave a message and a Master Gardener will return your call. The number to call is 814-333-7460.
Crawford County Conservation District – Woodcock Creek Nature Center
Simply call to register for any program. The number for the Woodcock Creek Nature Center is 814-763-5269.
“Field Trip to Erie Bay Front…Explore Lake Erie on the Environaut”
Wednesday, July 23, 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., $8 Due at Registration, Limit of 20 Seats. Transportation NOT provided…we will meet at the Maritime Museum at Erie Bay Front. Call Kathy at 814-763-5269 for more details and directions. This trip features the hands on experience of using underwater robots that are used for many educational tasks while we are cruising the lake. Dave Boughton, Sea Grant, will be instructing this program. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity!
TWO SESSIONS: Wednesday, July 30. Choose either 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. OR 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. There is a $3.00 Materials fee and EACH session is limited to first 16 registrants. We will meet at Stainbrook Park Shelter #1.
Kathy Uglow will demonstrate how to create a floral work of art on fabric, using real flowers and greens as media! You will make a beautiful bookmark to take home!
“Planting by the Moon”
Thursday, August 7, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
What is a “Moon Garden?” Join us to celebrate the newly planted garden in the Nature Center backyard…thanks to Eagle Scout Kevin Burke. This program will be presented by Master Gardener Kit Martin. She will share her knowledge of night bloomers and you can learn how to create your own Moon Garden!
Thursday, August 14, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Stephanie Feineigle will introduce us to the wonders of our native snakes. Are you afraid or “creeped out” by snakes? If you want to learn more about these creatures or would like to touch or hold one for the first time, please join us! Also learn the visual differences between venomous and non-venomous snakes.
“Greendale Cemetery Local History Walk”
Wednesday, August 10, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
MEET AT GREENDALE CEMETERY…INSIDE MAIN RANDOLPH STREET ENTRANCE.
Join us for a Nature Center Summer Field Trip! Learn some fascinating local history as we walk at Greendale Cemetery with Caretakers Mary and Jim Vogan. Wear your walking shoes!
Goodell Gardens Farmers Market is held each Wednesday from 3-6 pm, from mid-June through September!
Offering produce, meat, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, maple products and more, residents might even be able to plan an entire meal from purchases from our vendors – complete with dessert!
Again this year, Goodell Gardens Farmers Market will accept the Farmers Market Nutritional Program Vouchers that are offered to eligible senior citizens and WIC recipients. For more information about these vouchers, or to receive your vouchers, contact your WIC office, or seniors call (814) 756-5373. The Farmers Market Nutritional Program is offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
For a complete listing of all the events at Goodell Gardens, Discover
And Just For the Heck of It
On July 23 Air Force Colonel Eileen M. Collins becomes the first woman to command a space shuttle. (1999)
July 26 American forces defeat the British at the Battle of Niagara Falls (Lundy’s Lane) (1814)