Keep gladiolus happy, iced tea tips, earwigs!

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, July 25, 2017


A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip—
Builders of life’s companionship!
Oh, I envy them, as I see them there
Under the sky in the open air.

–Edgar Guest (1881–1959)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
206th day of the year


Rain Falls, Power Fails, Cummins Works

Cricket Chirp Thermometer

Predict the Temperature with Cricket Chirps
Did you know that you can tell the temperature by counting the chirps of a cricket? It’s true! Here’s the formula…
Cricket Garden Sculpture

Over a foot long and made of cast iron!
How to Get Rid of Earwigs

Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of earwigs, also known as pincher bugs or dermaptera, in the garden.
Heat Waves: 10 Tips for Extreme Heat Safety

Some regions have already had record-breaking temperatures this summer–even buckling roads or grounded planes. Please take a moment to check our 10 quick tips for heat safety!!
Keeping Glads Happy

Saving Gladiolus
In some places, gladiolus can be left in the ground all winter. In colder climates, however, they would freeze and die. Gladiolus can be saved, though, if placed in the root cellar and replanted in the spring. Here’s how.
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Succession Planting

Succession Planting Tips to Maximize Your Harvest
In this gardening video, we demonstrate succession planting! After one crop of vegetables or fruit is harvested, another is planted in the same space so you maximize your harvest!
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Start each day with a tidbit of Almanac fun: weather wisdom, quirky historical facts, useful hints, and time-tested proverbs.   
Making Ice Tea

How to Make Iced Tea: Tips and Recipes
Is there anything better than drinking cold iced tea on a warm summer’s day? Here are some iced tea–making tips and recipes for you to enjoy!
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Features dramatic images of the Moon!