Birds in the garden, peppers, mosquitoes

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, May 7, 2017

May is bee in blossom,
May is birds a-nesting,
May is picking violets on a hill;
May is young and twenty,
May is Sunday-besting,
May is eager Jack and willing Jill
–The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1961 

Sunday, May 7, 2017
127th day of the year

Alex Smith (football player) was born on this day in 1984.
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (actor) died on this day in 2000.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!


Birds in the Garden

How to Keep Birds Away From Your Garden
Birds are a welcome addition to the garden, but if the crows are devouring your corn and the jays are eating your berries, here are a few ways to keep birds away from your garden.
Vegetable Kingdom Kitchen Canister Set

SAVE $5 Practical has never looked so pretty. Fill our graduated canisters with flour, sugar, tea, cookies, doggie treats, or whatever you like to keep handy. Then put them on display on a countertop or open shelf. They are made of powder-coated carbon steel and have snug-fitting lids and chrome-plated handles.
Bush Beans vs. Pole Beans

Pole and bush beans (more commonly called green beans) are a tender vegetable and a great addition to any garden!
Cricket Garden Sculpture

Over a foot long and made of cast iron.
Growing Peppers

Bell Peppers
Peppers are a tender, warm-season crop. Here’s how to grow peppers in your garden! 
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. 
Spring Onion Pesto

Wild Ramp (Spring Onion) Pesto Recipe
I was at the farmers’ market on an Saturday in mid-April cruising through the rows of vegetables, when I saw something exciting enough to stop me in my tracks. It couldn’t be. It was too early. Could it be? It was. Ramps! And where there are ramps, there’s a Wild Ramp (Spring Onion) Pesto recipe to be made!
Vintage Cast Iron Bird

Made using traditional sand-casting techniques! Display inside or outside.  
Natural Mosquito Repellents

Natural Mosquito Repellents and Mosquito Bite Remedies
Use these natural mosquito repellents and mosquito bite remedies to keep the mosquitoes away and get relief from itchy bug bites!
Bees Please Water Pitcher

Use this small pitcher as a flower vase or accent decoration.