Keep gladiolus happy, iced tea tips, earwigs!

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

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, July 25, 2017

fishing

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)

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Rain Falls, Power Fails, Cummins Works

 
Predict the Temperature with Cricket Chirps
Predict the Temperature with Cricket Chirps

We all know the evening sound of a cricket. Did you know the number of cricket chirps report the temperature? It’s true! We explain how to use the “cricket thermometer” method. And next time there’s a warm evening, count the cricket chirps!
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Cricket Garden Sculpture

Over a foot long and made of cast iron!

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Earwigs
Earwigs

Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of earwigs, also known as “pincher bugs,” in the garden.
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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!!

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Saving Gladiolus
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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How to Use Succession Planting to Increase Your Harvest
How to Use Succession Planting to Increase Your Harvest

What is succession planting? This practice refers to second plantings in spaces where the first crops are finished, making the most of limited space and extending the growing season beyond what’s typical in your area. See which veggies are best for second plantings to increase this year’s harvest!
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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. 

 

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How to Make Iced Tea: Tips and Recipes
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!
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The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Features dramatic images of the Moon!

 

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