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Every January, the members of my community garden have a potluck supper, during which we thumb seed catalogs and order for the coming season.
How's your garden growing this year? Please share below! I asked this question last year and learned so much from our Almanac community. Here are my 2011 update and a few tips.
I love to watch the hummingbirds at my feeders. I have one close to my deck and the other one is hanging on my front porch.
My son’s sandbox is near the patio. Our patio is also where the grill lives. Thus, during the summer, we spend a lot of time on the . . . patio! Right!
The fun of gardening, to me, is trying to grow something different, as well as planting reliable favorites. That enthusiasm took over at the annual seed-buying potluck supper that my community garden members have every January. That’s when I bought watercress seeds.
There was a time when I had hours to devote to my gardens. I fought the pesky bugs, creepy pests, and cheeky squirrels (little buggers brave enough to steal my tulip bulbs while I was planting!). I pruned, fertilized, and watered my plants regularly, and they rewarded me with spectacular color and growth. Neighbors would of...
I love wildlife, but I don’t see as much now that I’ve moved from the country to a small town. So, you can imagine my glee (and my cat’s chagrin) when I saw a red fox trot into my back yard one morning. He had a pale reddish coat with blackish legs and a very dapper, bushy tail. A few weeks later, I saw hi...
Summer Trip Ideas Between emails, page proofs, phone calls, and meetings, I am daydreaming about taking a few days off this summer. What to do? When? Where? Whoa—why not check the Almanac?! I randomly (really!) picked a week in mid-July (approximately July 9 to 16) and, it seems, I hit a bonanza. This vacation practic...
Heard about the end of the world predictions for May 21, 2011? A U.S. radio preacher says Judgment Day is arriving at 6 P.M. Saturday.
I was going to mow the grass last night and noticed all the dandelions growing in the grass. I had read somewhere that you can eat the young leaves in salads or sauté them. I quickly picked a plastic grocery bag full.
Springtime Tea Yellow and pink blossoms, warm rain, and birds chirping often denote the season of spring. An itchy, scratchy throat can also come along with the beauty of spring. Make herbal tea to calm and soothe those allergy symptoms that can keep you away from the outdoors during this lovely season of budding! Why not t...
As a kid, I loved dyeing Easter eggs. (When is Easter this year? Click here.) It was great fun putting the store-bought color tablets in vinegar and watching them fizz, and then deciding which part of an egg to dip in which color and for how long. Sometimes, I used a crayon to draw a pattern on the shell so that when t...