Big dipper, fertilizer 101, jokes

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, March 28, 2017

We like March, his shoes are purple,

  He is new and high;

Makes he mud for dog and peddler,

  Makes he forest dry.

–Emily Dickenson (1830–86)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
87th day of the year

Reba McEntire (country singer) was born on this day in 1955.
Peggy Fortnum (illustrator) died on this day in 2016.


old farmers almanac garden guide

Spring's Big Dipper

The Big Dipper in the Spring Sky
The Big Dipper is an old friend to most of us. Poetically, it is spring itself, the season of renewal. Just go outside in early evening, and you’ll see stars shaped in a dipper pattern high in the northeastern sky.
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.  
Know Your Fertilizers

NPK Ratio: What Do The Numbers On Fertilizer Mean
Fertilizer terms can be confusing. What is the NPK ratio? What are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium? Let us take the guesswork out of fertilizing.
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.
Applying Fertilizer

How to Apply Fertilizers to Your Garden
How do you apply fertilizers to your garden? When is the best time to fertilize vegetables and flowers? Read our tips on applying fertilizer.
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. 
Jud Hale Speaks

Humor, Sexism, Bed Bugs, Tobacco Smoke, and Type Size
Were the old ways really the best ways? Take a look back at the jokes, sexism, and quirky cures from the past! Jud Hale, editor in chief, pages through early editions of The Old Farmer’s Almanac—with that twinkle in his eye.
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.
Ready for a Smile?

Good Old-Fashioned Jokes
Ready for a few jokes? Here’s some good old-fashioned American humor that is just as funny today as it was back then … whenever that was.
Peaceful Moon Large Suncatcher

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