Middle South

August, 2007
Regional Report

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Pets and Poisons
Statistics compiled by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center confirm that summer is the most dangerous time of year for pets. For tips on pet safely, read this press release: Keep Your Pets Safe While Maintaining Your Lawn and Garden.

Are the plants in your landscape safe for pets? Check these Animal Poison Control Center Web pages: Toxic Plants and Ten Most Common Poisonous Plants. Just as useful is their list of Nontoxic Plants.

Finally, keep this handy, just in case: What To Do If Your Pet Is Poisoned. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center Hotline telephone number is (888) 426-4435 (there may be a charge for this service).

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Support Farms Damaged by Easter Freeze
In many parts of our region, fruit growers were hit hard by frigid temperatures on Easter. This hard freeze damaged flowers that had opened early in response to several weeks of warm weather, and no flowers means no fruit. I've seen few local blueberries this year, and peaches are available but not in their usual abundance. If a farm in your area was hit hard, try to support their other endeavors if they have any. Attend harvest festivals and garden tours, purchase other produce and products directly from the farms, and encourage your friends to do so, too. Farming is risky business, subject to the whims of nature, the domestic economy, and international imports. This year has been particularly hard, with some farms and orchards reporting a total loss. We all benefit when local farms prosper, so do what you can to help out.

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