Companion planting, next year's garden

Daily Newsletter for Friday, January 13, 2017

Dear Almanac readers, 

Consider companion planting—some plants grow better when planted near each other! Add plants that attract beneficial insects (such as sunflower, yarrow, dill, and coriander). We've long wished to incorporate this philosophy into our Garden Planning tool—and now we have! 

Companion planting has traditionally been a headache to plan, with conflicting opinions and complicated tables of information. Now you can plan in minutes what used to take hours. Let the Garden Planner advise you and enjoy the benefits of working with nature!

Sincerely,
Your Almanac Editors

If the grass grows in Janiveer,
It grows the worse for 't all the year.

–proverb

Friday, January 13, 2017
13th day of the year


Patrick Dempsey (actor) was born on this day in 1966.
Blackie (thought to be the oldest male Nile hippopotamus recorded in North America at the time; he died at an estimated age 59) died on this day in 2014.


 

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Companion Planting Guide

Companion Planting Guide
Do you follow the principles of companion planting in your garden? See our tips on what plants to plant next to each other—and which to plant far apart—including popular crops like tomatoes, basil, potatoes, beans, and more.
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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…
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Companion Plant List

Companion Planting Chart for Vegetables
Find out which vegetables should and shouldn’t be planted together with our companion planting chart. Our chart includes 10 of the most popular vegetables, including tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and more!
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The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

The Algonquin people named the Full Snow Moon after this time when the heaviest snows fall.
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Why Vegetables Need Friends

Companion Planting Flowers With Vegetables
Planting flowers in the vegetable garden will deter pests and add beauty. Learn more in this video about the benefits of companion planting with flowers—and discover the best flowers to grow.
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The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Celebrate by giving a plant that has heart-shaped leaves: Dutchman’s pipe, European wild ginger, ‘Artic Beauty’ hardy kiwi, morning glory, or violet.
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How to Use the Garden Planner

How to Use Garden Planner Software
In this video, we demonstrate how to use the Almanac Garden Planner software—and how it can save you time and money.
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The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar

A daily planner full of humor and useful advice, it’s an indispensable tool for managing your life and keeping you organized.
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Flowering Houseplants

How to Grow Scented Geraniums
It’s only January, but already I’m tired of looking out at a bleak sheet of white. Luckily, I have some plants that are a sensory delight all year ‘round—scented geraniums.
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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.
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