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Daily Newsletter for Friday, November 4, 2016
Dear Companion readers,
In today's issue, we're focusing on the backyard and garden. Discover the gentle art of forcing bulbs indoors for bright blooms in the grey days of winter. Find out how to clean up those perennial beds which may be looking scraggly about now. And learn about the best time to plant mums—it's not when most folks think!
Finally, enjoy our new page on Election Day (U.S.) with facts, fun, weather, and more!
Your Almanac editors
Our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.
–Will Rogers (Born today in 1879)
Jeff Probst (host of Survivor) was born on this day in 1962. Andy Rooney (news commentator) died on this day in 2011.
Storing the Harvest
How to Build a Root Cellar
Our ancestors knew how to preserve food—they had root cellars capable of storing large amounts of produce in the cool underground. This allowed them to partake in fresh vegetables through all those cold winter months and on into the spring.
Forcing Bulbs Indoors for Winter Blooms
As the gardening season slows down, do you still have spring-flowering bulbs that you never planted? Don’t despair! Try potting them up to force into cheerful bloom this winter in the house.
Chrysanthemums: When to Really Plant Mums
Every year in the fall, I suffer a bout of mum madness when garden centers and big boxes brim with chrysanthemums. They produce lovely fall colors, but is fall really the best time to plant them?
Get Your Perennials Ready for Winter
Prepare your perennials for winter! Most perennials can be cut down after the first killing frost; others can add interest or help birds and beneficial insects during the winter months. See our tips.
When is Election Day 2019?
In the United States, the next Election Day will occur on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Which states have made Election Day a holiday? When were women granted the right to vote? Here’s a brief history of this day—plus, some common questions and answers.