July 2019 Almanac

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July 1  Average temps: high 88º, low 64º. 8% chance of precipitation. Sunrise 5:58 am, sunset 8:52 pm. July 2  NEW MOON  1:16 pm. Want to try planting by the moon? Check out this day-by-day guide! Today in the garden is a time to rest, meditate and celebrate. But plant your late crop of above-ground veggies […]

June 2019 Almanac

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A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond June 1  Average temps: high: 78ºF; low: 54ºF; 21% chance of precipitation (average 1.4 in.). Sunrise 5:58am, sunset 8:52pm. June 2  Bumble bees vibrate their burly flight muscles to shake pollen loose from flowers. Flying bees build up an electrostatic charge, which discharges […]

May 2019 Almanac

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A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond May 1  Average temps: high: 67ºF; low: 45ºF; 27% chance of precipitation (average 1.7”). Sunrise 6:26am, sunset 8:23pm. May 2  We’re all about planting lots of sweet alyssum—hardy in Utah’s hot sun and cool falls. Besides smelling heavenly, it attracts “good” bugs (the […]

Urban Almanac December 2018

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December 1 Sunrise: 7:32am.; sunset: 5pm. Av. high: 42º; low: 25º. The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts rain for northern Utah Dec. 4-14; rain and snow 14-22; and snow showers 23-31. December 2 Buying new Christmas lights? LEDs consume 80% less energy than incandescents, last 25 times longer and are safer. December 3 On this day […]

Urban Almanac

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Editor’s note: Diane Olson, a veteran CATALYST staffer, wrote the “Almanac” column for 17 years (1995 to 2012), taking a break after writing A Nature Love’s Almanac: Kinky Bugs, Stealthy Critters, Prosperous Plants and Celestial Wonders (Gibbs Smith Publishing, illustrated by Adele Flail). CATALYST is so happy to welcome back on a regular basis this […]

 
 
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