Basil, sunflowers, watermelon salad

Daily Newsletter for Thursday, July 27, 2017

O Thou who passest thro’ our vallies in
Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat
That flames from their large nostrils! thou, O Summer,
Oft pitched’st here thy golden tent, and oft
Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld
With joy, thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair

–William Blake (1757–1827)

Thursday, July 27, 2017
208th day of the year

Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (actor) was born on this day in 1977.
Sam Shepard (actor & playwright) died on this day in 2017.

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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How to Beat Bugs

How to Beat Bugs in Your Garden
While some insects are beneficial, others are an ever-present pest in the vegetable garden, but there’s no reason they should get the better of you, or your crops.
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar

A highly useful daily planner full of humor and useful advice. It’s an indispensable tool for managing your life and keeping yourself organized. Includes plenty of room for jotting down appointments and notes.  
Growing Sunflowers

Sunflowers say “summer” like no other plant. American natives, sunflowers are grown for beauty and harvested for seed.
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. 
Basil Plant Care

Basil is a warm-weather, fragrant herb that tastes great in Italian dishes—and let’s not forget homemade pesto! When growing basil, be sure to keep harvesting the leaves to keep the plant going strong.
Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Cucumber Salad

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

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.   
Homemade Hair Treatment

Homemade Hair Treatments, Lotions, and Nail Care
All-natural homemade treatments can help you not to break the bank, especially with these easy and helpful recipes for conditioner, facials, and lotions.
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Features dramatic images of the Moon!