Measuring veggies, amazing star, okra

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, July 26, 2017

summer bird

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer, quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day
–Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
207th day of the year

Kate Beckinsale (actress) was born on this day in 1973.
Eva Peron (wife of Argentine President Juan Peron) died on this day in 1952.

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!

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Brilliant Vega Overhead

Star Vega Shines Bright Overhead on July Nights
Away from city lights in mid-July, one could see as many as 2,500 naked eye stars. But only one star stands out because it’s the only bright star directly overhead—and that’s Vega. This brilliant blue-white star is a favorite of stargazers and astronomers.
Clean Air Odor-Neutralizing Candle

Eliminates offending odors—doesn’t just mask them! The ingredients are a proprietary blend of essential and botanical oils in a GMO-free soy wax base with an unbleached hemp wick. 
Growing Okra

Okra is traditionally a southern U.S. plant that thrives in warm weather. Here’s how to grow okra plants in your own garden!
Bees Please Water Pitcher

Use this small pitcher as a flower vase or accent decoration.
Water-saving in the Garden

The Water-Wise Garden
Plants drink their food. If your soil dries out, your plants will starve—or wilt. Take these steps to keep your garden moist and water wisely.
Color-Infused Metal Garden Stake

A brilliant seven-step color infusion process produces a gorgeous interplay of greens, yellows, and blues on a reflective metallic finish. 
Cash Prizes for Recipes!

Garden Guide Recipe Contest Entry Form
Enter the Butternut Squash Recipe Contest, sponsored by The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide.
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.
Measuring Veggies for Recipes

Measuring Vegetables for Recipes: Pounds to Cups
Measuring vegetables for recipes is not always easy. The following equivalent measurements will help you convert a vegetable’s weight (in pounds) on the grocery scale to the amount (in cups) that you need for a recipe.
Fluttering Butterfly Wind Chime

Made of durable cast iron that features an aged patina.