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May 26, 2015

Weather is always on a gardener’s mind, and last year’s extremes, from record low winter temperatures to the third consecutive year of drought in many states and provinces, are driving new trends for 2015. New Edibles Trends in the Garden Try these varieties if you’re looking for plants that tolerate heat or drought, thrive in containers and small gardens—or just taste and look great! ‘Mardi Gras’ Radish Photo Credit: W. Atlee Burpee & Co. This is a mix of party colors in a seed packet. ‘... more

May 15, 2015

What better way to celebrate this wonderful holiday than sounding off on a list of our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes! It’s National Chocolate Chip Day Everybody has a favorite way to bake a warm chocolate chip cookie, but if you’re looking for something new we’ve compiled a list of twists on the classic cookie and provided a few reader-submitted recipes as well. Scale: 1 is closest to the classic chocolate chip cookie, 10 varies greatly 1. Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookie... more

May 12, 2015

Looking for a new puppy who will come to your rescue? Have you considered a Saint Bernard? The Loveable Lifesavers The Saint Bernard Dog is believed to be a descendent of mastiff-type dogs brought to Switzerland by the Romans between 1200 and 800 B.C. Swiss farmers called them talhunde (“valley dogs”) or bauernhunde (“farm dogs”). With its natural ability for scent work, drafting, and pulling, the breed eventually became a loyal helper guarding property, herding sheep and cattle, and... more

May 7, 2015

Mother’s Day is May 10—have you found the perfect gift yet? Mother’s Day Gifting In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill designating the second Sunday in May as a legal holiday to be called “Mother’s Day”—dedicated “to the best mother in the world, your mother.” For the first few years, the day was observed as a legal holiday, but in absolute simplicity and reverence—church services were held in honor of all mothers, living and dead. In many ways, the family observance much... more

May 5, 2015

A wildflower planting will give you years of enjoyment and need very little attention. Here’s why you should plant wildflowers in your backyard! May Monthly: Taming the Wild Flowers Many gardeners are planting wildflowers as a beautiful, low-maintenance alternative to a manicured lawn or as a colorful ground cover for areas that are difficult to mow. Wildflowers provide waves of color and sweet fragrances and are a haven for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and songbirds. You can... more

April 29, 2015

Perk up salads, marinades, sauces, and other dishes. Flavored vinegars are easy to make and can be bottled in attractive containers for gifts. Flavored Vinegars CHOOSE A FLAVOR Select the freshest herbs, spices, vegetables and fruit; experiment with different combinations. Herbs Try basil, chive (blossoms), dill, lavender, marjoram, mint, nasturtium (blossoms), oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, and/or thyme. Add 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh herbs per pint of vinegar. If fresh herbs aren’t... more

April 27, 2015

Temperatures are getting warmer. Time for a summer barbecue—or, pack up the cooler for a picnic. Here's a great grilled wraps recipe that we love—plus, a few more ideas. We welcome any of your tips below! Grilled Caponata Wraps With Summer Vegetables Link here for a printable recipe that you can also store in your Almanac Recipe Box. Caponata: 5 to 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 2 yellow crookneck squashes, diced 2... more

April 22, 2015

Need gardening advice? Our 2015 Garden Guide just may answer all of your questions! Q&A’s from the Garden Guide Here are some simple solutions to common problems: Q. I have a ponytail palm that is over 40 years old. It is outside in the summertime and very healthy. When it gets below 40 degrees outside, I bring it inside. This plant is approaching the point of being too tall to be inside. I am thinking about cutting it at 4 feet and letting it regrow. Can this be done, or will... more

April 15, 2015

The May Monthly has arrived: Look to see what’s inside this month’s edition to get the latest scoop on the projected weather, astronomy facts, gardening tips, and so much more! May Monthly Preview Taming the Wild Flowers “Preserve it in the wild. Perpetuate it in your garden.” –motto of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Here are some tips on planting a garden full of colorful, wild flowers that will attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and songbirds. Read the article for... more

April 15, 2015

National “That Sucks” Day is a holiday created by Bruce Novotny, who runs www.thatsucks.net and noticed that April 15 has historically been a very unfortunate day. Not only is it Tax Day, but also it is the day when President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the day before and the day when Titanic sank to the bottom of the ocean. Certainly not the best day of the year, we do agree! Today in History: National “That Sucks” Day We have a bit of insight into each of these days, as... more

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