Propagating, repotting, light pruning and watering are the primary chores outside today. This year’s jump from winter to summer hasn’t slowed down plant growth in the yard. Several hanging baskets received a severe pruning and a dose of fertilized water to stimulate new growth and blooms for the fall. Coleus, sweet potato vine, Persian shield and others have become so straggly that I am in the process of taking cuttings to produce young starts.

Just got a rechargeable hedge trimmer and plan to put it to some serious use. Got a rechargeable weedeater three summers ago as part of my overall plan to reduce use of chemicals in the yard. No Roundup use this summer.

Patiently waiting for garden to “put on”. Excessively warm evenings have slowed both production and maturation of tomatoes, peppers, etc.

I encourage sharing excess produce with food pantries, senior centers, etc., as well as supporting our local farmers’ market. You hunters can also assist food pantries by turning over wild game kills for processing to local emergency food pantries. Earlier this year, Community Outreach in Paris entered a partnership arrangement whereby they could glean meat donated by area hunters from the processing plant in Scranton. By the way, the top five states who lead in turning back wild game to food pantries are: Virginia, Iowa, Missouri, Texas and Ohio. Nationwide over a year’s time, such a contribution provided over 10,000,000 meals for those in need.

The county fairs will be here before we know it - just over a month away. No fair catalogs were printed this year. You’ll need to locate a copy of last year’s (which any serious entrant should keep anyway) or search for an earlier copy of the Express or Democrat, which had an insert. Good luck!

I know - you’re tired of talk about “global warming”. Researchers engaged in studies of plant species adaptation to changing climate reveal, among other things, that not only is plant bloom affected, but also leaf shape. Scientists know that plant leaves get smaller as the climate gets hotter or drier. Information collected will influence how species are restored that are threatened by climate change.