Spring tonics, rhubarb, compost tea

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, March 26, 2017

And time remembered is grief forgotten,

And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,

And in green underwood and cover

Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

–Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)


old farmers almanac garden guide

What are Spring Tonics?

Spring Tonics
What’s a Spring Tonic? While the vernal equinox may mark the moment of spring, the appearance of the first greens makes it real. Over the centuries, people have relied on the green plants that emerge early in the season as a sort of “detox” to revive, strengthen, and invigorate the body. Learn more and see a few recipes.
Tree of Life Indoor/Outdoor Reflective Wall Decoration

Features intricately detailed roots, leaves, branches, and flowers over a backdrop of swirling wind. The finish is very deep and radiant.  
Rhubarb Delights

Favorite Rhubarb Recipes
Ready for rhubarb recipes? In pioneer days, rhubarb was literally called the “pie plant” (for obvious reasons). The tart flavor bakes nicely into pies, crumbles, breads and cakes, and also adds a tangy flavor to savory dishes. You can also try making a rhubarb julep! See 15 ways to use rhubarb. 
Sun Face Kinetic Wind Stake

Bring dramatic excitement to your garden with this extra-large kinetic wind stake featuring a 32-inch-wide Sun fan. Beautifully hand-painted metal Sun rays dazzle as the double-blade design spins in opposite directions, creating a mesmerizing effect. Video of the wind stake in action is available.
How to Harvest Dandelions

Eating Dandelions: Harvesting, Cleaning, and Cooking
My mother dosed her family with generous amounts of dandelion greens as soon as she discovered their bright leaves poking up through the thatch of the back lawn.
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. 
What is Compost Tea

How to Make Compost Tea
Ever heard of compost tea? It’s a blend of organic matter that’s brewed to give your soil a boost toward optimum health. It’s not easy to make your own compost tea, but for those interested, here’s how.
Hummingbird Thermometer Stake

“Fun” and “functional” describe this special garden thermometer. A hand-painted glass hummingbird sits atop a large, easy-to-read, dial thermometer. The temperature gauge displays both Fahrenheit and Celsius.
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Plan for a Productive Garden!

Five Golden Rules of Garden Planning
Here are five golden rules to make your garden more productive! We’ll help you to avoid many of the pitfalls this year.
Peaceful Moon Large Suncatcher

Made in Ohio from 100% recycled glass at a nonprofit recycling facility. Every piece is individually pressed.