May Day, weather lore, ants on peonies

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, April 30, 2017

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The flowers in the breeze are swaying, swaying,
The whole wide world is out a-Maying.

–Genevieve Mary Irons (1855–1928)

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May Day 2021: What Is May Day?
May Day 2021: What Is May Day?
May Day (May 1) is a holiday rich in history and folklore, celebrating the return of spring! Learn about some of the fun traditions, from May Day baskets to dancing around the maypole. Here are 10 ways to “bring in the May.”
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Do you care for a lawn?

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The Facts Behind Weather Folklore
The Facts Behind Weather Folklore
Scientists now—finally—admit that many weather proverbs are TRUE! 
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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. 

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Full Moon in May 2021
Full Moon in May 2021
May’s full Moon reaches its peak on Wednesday, May 26! This full Moon will be the closest full Moon of the year, making it the second of two supermoons—don’t miss it! Plus, it will coincide with a total lunar eclipse in some areas. Here’s everything you should know about this month’s full Moon,...
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Ants on Peony Flowers: An Enduring Myth
Ants on Peony Flowers: An Enduring Myth
It is a myth that peonies require ants to bloom by “tickling the buds” to help the flowers open. Peonies and ants do have a mutually-beneficial relationship, but it’s not quite what you may think. Here’s the story about peonies and ants—plus, tips on how to bring peonies indoors without the ants.
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Vertical Gardening: Grow More Vegetables in Less Space
Vertical Gardening: Grow More Vegetables in Less Space
Want to grow a garden but lack space? Vertical gardening is about growing upwards instead of outwards. It results in fewer plant problems and it’s easier on your back, too! Whether you have a backyard or patio, learn all about the benefits of vertical gardening, which plants are...
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