Forcing bulbs, winterizing garden, mums

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

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)

Friday, November 4, 2016
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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.
Love You to the Moon & Back

Chalk style 8” square wooden box sign that can stand on its own or hang for wall display.

Forcing Bulbs

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. 
Lemon Basil Handcare Caddy

A silver-toned caddy holding our popular foaming hand soap and rich hand lotion together in one place, whether in the bath or the kitchen. Very elegant, very convenient. 

Planting Mums

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?
2017 Almanac Gardening Page-a-Day Calendar

This informative page-a-day calendar is filled with Almanac wit, wisdom, adages, and observations for gardeners and backyard naturalists.

Winterizing the Perennials

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.
Alpaca Fleece Socks

The cure for cold feet! Alpaca socks are soft, luxurious, and warmer than sheep’s wool. Choose from active outdoor and extreme cold styles.

Election Day Facts and Fun!

When is Election Day 2019?
In the United States, Election Day occurs 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 and trivia.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with dramtic images, lunar lore, and more! Makes a great stocking stuffer!