Honoring Mom, irises, veggies in pots

Daily Newsletter for Friday, May 12, 2017


The greatest love is a mother's;
then comes a dog's;
then comes a sweetheart's
–Polish proverb 

Friday, May 12, 2017
132nd day of the year

Emilio Estevez (actor) was born on this day in 1962.
Emanuel Gluck (Yankee Stadium's longest-working vendor; wore badge No. 1) died on this day in 2005.


old farmers almanac garden guide

Ideas for Honoring Mom

When is Mother's Day 2018 | 10 Ways to Celebrate
How do you celebrate Mom? This year, our Almanac staff has added funny stories and happy memories about their own mothers. Please share your stories in the comments, too! We’ve also got 10 great ideas to treat your mom right—from a yummy breakfast in bed to a beautiful bouquet made of symbolic flowers.
The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids

Buy the Almanac for Kids, Volume 7, and GET VOLUMES 6 AND 5 FOR FREE! 
How Did Mother's Day Begin?

The History of Mother's Day
While the Mother's Day that we celebrate on the second Sunday in May is a fairly recent development, the basic idea goes back to ancient mythology—to the long ago civilizations of the Greeks and Romans.
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 Irises

The tall, beautiful iris, named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows, comes in many magical colors. Here’s how to grow irises in your garden!
Vegetable Kingdom Chip and Dip Serving Tray

Our colorful tray is a dazzling way to present not only chips and dip, but also crackers and cheese spread, vegetables and hummus, or fruit and chocolate sauce. This tray looks substantial, but is dishwasher-safe melamine for easy care. 
Veggies in Pots!

Container Gardening with Vegetables
Want to have more control over growing conditions and enjoy higher yields with a lot less work? Garden in containers. Container gardening is an easy way to grow vegetables, especially when you lack yard space!
Solar Iris Stake

By day, these are an artful addition to the garden. By night, they impress with a stunning display of color and light.
Special Pancake Recipe

Lavender Lemon Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Try cooking with herbs! This lavender lemon chocolate chip pancake recipe was a huge hit with my family, and is great for Mother’s Day—or, any weekend breakfast!
Rabbit Planter

Add charm with this classically posed Rabbit Planter. Cast using a magnesium oxide formula that makes this planter durable and lightweight. The detailed features and hand-painted stone-color finish make this piece a wonderful addition to patios or indoor decor.