Yes, it's only early August and for many this still means full-on summer heat, but autumn is just around the corner (it is!), and with it comes the heady bounty of the season's harvest. Essentially right now, if you planted something, it's ready to be picked (unless we're talking about basil, in which case it has been ready). For some of us this means ruby tomatoes, golden corn, avalanches of zucchini, and jungles of peas. But beyond those garden delights, for most of us this time of year…

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Bee Keeping: Become a Backyard Beekeeper  [by FIX -- via #tipsographic]. More at tipsographic.com
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Hobnob Harvest Market 2016 : Effingham County Fairgrounds : Altamont, Illinois

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Hobnob Harvest Market 2016 : Effingham County Fairgrounds : Altamont, Illinois

Hobnob Harvest Market 2016 : Effingham County Fairgrounds : Altamont, Illinois

Hobnob Harvest Market 2016 : Effingham County Fairgrounds : Altamont, Illinois

Hobnob Harvest Market 2016 : Effingham County Fairgrounds : Altamont, Illinois

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7. Harvesting Timing of the harvest depends on what you are using the lavender for. For fresh-market or or dried bundles harvest when the first 1 or 2 flowers have bloomed. If the end product is essential oil then the best time to harvest is when about 1/2 of the flowers on the stem have

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Hobnob Harvest Market 2016 : Effingham County Fairgrounds : Altamont, Illinois

Hobnob Harvest Market 2016 : Effingham County Fairgrounds : Altamont, Illinois

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