Carrots grown right, wisteria, solar eclipse

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Friday, April 28, 2017


When April steps aside for May,
Like diamonds all the raindrops glisten,
Fresh violets open every day,
To some new bird each hour we listen
–Lucy Larcom (1826–93)

Friday, April 28, 2017
Find out who was born today.


Looking for simple container ideas?

Total Solar Eclipse: Plan Ahead!

Planning for the Total Solar Eclipse 2017
For the first time in nearly four decades, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the mainland United States! Are you ready?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook

A gardener’s most useful tool is knowledge from past seasons. Don’t rely on sticky notes or memory! You’ll love our beautiful Gardening Notebook with its waterproof cover—easy to bring to the garden. Keep records so you know when pests arrive and when to put preventative controls in place to avoid damage. Also, track what blossoms when, first and last frost dates, what was planted where, what worked, favorite varieties, what you want to move, and other notes. 

Growing Wisteria

A high-climbing vine, wisteria blooms vigorously in spring with large, drooping clusters of lilac or bluish-purple flowers. Here’s how to plant, grow, and care for wisteria in your garden!
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. 

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Carrots Grown Right

How to Grow Carrots in the Garden
See how to grow crunchy, sweet carrots! Getting carrots just right can be challenging, but when you know how, it’s easy.
Tree of Life Light-Reflective Wall Art

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

Today is Arbor Day

Arbor Day 2020
Arbor Day 2020 occurs this year on Friday, April 24. Dedicate a tree to someone who is special to you, and check out these facts about Arbor Day and the man who founded it.
Old Hancock Tree Leaf Sun Catcher Set

Save 26% over buying these handmade glass sun catchers separately. Plus, sun catchers display better when grouped in odd numbers.

Do Hummingbirds Hum?

Bird Sounds: Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Listen to the bird sounds of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. What may sound like a bee is the hum of a tiny bird beating its wings about 53 times a second!
Wooden Chickadee Thermometers

SAVE $7 (over 20% off) while supplies last! Made in the USA from a single slab of wood with a metal songbird topper.