Today is Day 334 of 2021

21 days until winter begins

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Upcoming Holidays

Month of December

St. Nicholas Day

St. Lucia

Question of the Day

Please tell me about ashes from a wood-burning fireplace. How much can I use in the garden? Are they good for blueberry bushes and asparagus?
Wood ashes are good for the garden because they contain potash and lime. Apply them to the soil in the spring or fall, 4 to 6 pounds per 100 square feet. However, fresh wood ashes will form lye when first applied, so do not use them on plants in active growth. It is best to apply ashes before planting and see that they are thoroughly mixed into the soil. They are good for most plants, especially root crops and fruit trees. Wood ashes should never be used on acid-loving plants like blueberry bushes.

Word of the Day

Rainbow
Rainbows are formed opposite to the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays in drops of falling rain. The raindrops are responsible for the colors of rainbows. They break the sunlight up into the full spectrum of colors, each drop acting as a sort of miniature prism. Each color emerges at a slightly different angle on each raindrop. When millions of raindrops gather, the spectrum shows up as distinct bands of color -- each with a different length. Red is the longest and violet the shortest band. The arc is most pronounced when the Sun is close to the horizon.

Puzzle of the Day

What sort of face does an auctioneer like best?
One that is for-bidding.

Next Full Moon

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