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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 advice on how to turn your garden into a wildflower haven.

The Shortcake Debate

Generations of cooks and shortcake connoisseurs have debated the proper base. Biscuit or cake: Which is best? Try out these recipes and help us to decide!

  • Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

This recipe makes a large, biscuit-style shortcake that is sure to impress any guest.

  • Buttermilk-Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake

This recipe makes six large individual biscuits (and more if you make smaller portions). For juicy berries, combine them with the sugar and let them sit at room temperature for about an hour before you bake the biscuits.

  • Strawberry Layered Shortcake

Here’s a sponge cake version. For extra impact, use three cake pans to make it a triple layer (just remember that each layer will be thinner and will bake faster).

Keeping Current with the Weather

El Niño brings warmer winters, with rain and snow in California and the southern states.
La Niña brings cold winters, with drought conditions in southern and western states.

As of March 2015, a weak El Niño was beginning to develop. Read this article for more on what scientists have found.

Check out the May Monthly to enjoy all of these article plus our Sky Map for May, weather forecasts, Gardening by the Moon’s Sign, and so much more!