Great gourds, frost dates, cold frames

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Friday, November 11, 2016

Dear Companion readers,

It's Friday, November 11. Today is Veterans Day (U.S.) and Remembrance Day (Canada). Take extra time to let a vet know how much they mean to you—and don't forget to raise the flag.

It's also the start of Indian summer. We have a saying here at The Old Farmer's Almanac: “If All Saints’ brings out winter, St. Martin’s brings out Indian summer."

As we head into the weekend, thoughts lead to the yard and garden; we offer some tips on how to protect your plants. Finally, enjoy a fun new post about that strange fall squash—gourds!

Your Almanac editors

The hoar-frost gathered, o'er each leaf and spray
Weaving its filmy network; thin and bright
–Sarah Helen Whitman (1803–78)

Friday, November 11, 2016
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Get YOUR Frost Dates

Frost Dates Calculator
Just punch in your zip code or postal code for your frost dates!
Almanac Hummingbird Thermometer

Retro design resembles a vintage advertising thermometer. Made in the USA.
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Easy Cold Frames!

How to Make a Cold Frame Step-by-Step
Cold frames are a vital component in the gardener’s toolkit.
Maine Garden Products Cold Frame

Don’t have time to build a cold frame, but still want to get a jump on the growing season?
Overwintering the Garden

How to Overwinter Your Plants and Garden
Learn how to properly overwinter your garden plants to keep them protected from snow, wind, and freezing temperatures. They’ll thank you in the spring!
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Force spring flowers indoors: Cut forsythia, dogwood, or crabapple branches. Before placing in a vase, mash the cut ends…
All About Gourds!

Gourds: Types of Gourds, Growing Gourds, Curing Gourds
Good Gourd! What’s with the bumpy, weird-looking decorative squash? We get many questions about growing and curing our gourds. (Did you know that the luffa sponge is a gourd?) Discover the world of “gourdgeous” gourds.
Pumpkin Melody Table Runner

Welcome family and friends to your table with the glorious colors and abundant beauty of autumn. Matching napkins and placements also available.
Making Beer and Wine

Gardening and Home Brewing
From the earliest days, Americans and their presidents have been brewing. Ever brewed your own beer, cider, or ale?
Balsam Fir Pillows

Balsam Fir Pillows are traditionally given as a sign of friendship, and it’s easy to see why! The pleasant smell of balsam fir will last for years and there are many designs to choose from that will complement your sofa.