Watermelon, pickling, Father's Day roots

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, June 16, 2017

dad and son

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
–Clarence Budington Kelland (1881–1964), about his father

Friday, June 16, 2017
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old farmers almanac garden guide

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

This minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad is a light, fresh, and cool salad that can be enjoyed anytime and with any meal or just as a nice in-between-meal snack.

Red Rooster Decor

These popular roosters have become instant classics. Fine detail and embossed texture on the feathers, wattle, and comb is enhanced by the hand-painted finish. Made with thick metal and outdoor-safe finishes. Measures 14 inches high.

Pickling Tips

How to Pickle: Step-by-Step Pickling Guide
Mmmm… Ready to make homemade pickles? Just follow our step-by-step pickling guide for beginners, and you’ll be on your way. Pickling is a great way to store extra vegetables, but pickling isn’t just for cucumbers. You can pickle peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, peaches—lots of different vegetables and fruit can be pickled! We also provide recipes for you to try—enjoy the garden’s bounty for months to come.
Almanac Harvest Pickler Kit

Take the worry out of the pickling process by making “quickles” instead. Turn your harvest into a gourmet side dish or scrumptious any-time-of-day snack that is ready within hours instead of months. The Harvest Pickler Kit gives you step-by-step instructions and all of the spices necessary to turn your bounty into a crowd-pleaser that will have your family and friends begging for more!

What's Really in Your Air?

What Is Air Made Of?
The air you breathe is made up of lots of other things besides oxygen! So, what is air made of?  Let’s find out with Bob Berman, who always adds a breath of fresh air to any topic.
What’s a successful gardener’s most useful tool? Knowledge!

Almanac Gardening Notebook 

Are you ever frustrated with dying plants, pest damage, and not knowing how to do better? It’s not too late to start a garden journal. Keep records so you know when pests arrive—and 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, and other notes. You’ll love our beautiful Garden Notebook with its waterproof cover—easy to bring to the garden. See the inside pages…


Try Thyme!

Thyme is a wonderful herb with a pleasant, pungent, clover flavor. It smells like summer to us! There are both fragrant ornamental types as well as culinary thyme varieties which add a savory note to summer soups, grilled meats, and vegetables. Here’s how to plant and grow thyme.
Nest and Eggs Metal Canister Set

The Nest and Eggs Metal Canister Set is a beautiful solution for storage! You can fill them with flour, sugar, tea or cookies in the kitchen or use them for desk storage in your office. Just be sure to put them on display on a countertop or open shelf, as they’re too stylish to hide.

Not Just a Hallmark Holiday

The Forgotten History of Father's Day
Father’s Day was not immediately accepted when it was proposed, and it did not become a national holiday in the U.S. until 1972 during President Richard Nixon’s administration. Why was it a hotly contested debate? Read the forgotten history behind Father’s Day.
Handmade Glass Sun Catchers

SAVE 25% on sun catchers when you buy 3 or more with promo code: SPARKLE