Leg cramps, growing plums, space weather

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, August 2, 2017

summer wheat

High noon in August! over all the land
The very air is palpitant with heat;
While stretching far, the fields of ripening wheat
Unrippled lie as plains of yellow sand
!
–Henry S. Cornwell (1831–86)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
214th day of the year


Tim Wakefield (baseball player) was born on this day in 1966.
Francis "Frank" Gouin (plant physiologist) died on this day in 2018.


 

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Ease Leg Cramps

Leg Cramps at Night: Causes and Remedies
Eeow! Startled from a deep sleep, you suddenly come to with a shriek, as your calf, thigh, or maybe the arch of your foot contracts in violent pain. Commonly called a “Charley horse,” this is a common and painful occurrence. Discover what causes leg cramps at night, as well as how you can prevent and relieve them.
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Floral Butterfly Garden Stake

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All About Crickets

Cricket Facts and Keeping Pet Crickets
Crickets are fascinating and keeping crickets will teach you a lot about them. They are perfect for children who love insects since they don’t bite. Here are some fun cricket facts—and tips for creating a happy atmosphere for a pet cricket in the home or classroom. 
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When is the Solar Minimum?

What Are Solar Cycles, and How Do They Affect Weather?
What are solar cycles—and what causes them? How do solar cycles affect our weather? Here’s our quick solar cycle beginner’s guide to help you understand the basics of how our Sun’s 11-year solar cycle works.
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Almanac Hummingbird Thermometer

Retro design resembles a vintage advertising thermometer. Made in the USA.
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Picking Plums

Plums
Ever thought about growing plums? Less demanding than most fruit trees, plums are a great choice for beginner gardeners. They’re compact and prolific producers and add beauty to your backyard. Plus, plums are delicious cooked in jams and cakes or eaten right out of hand! 
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The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

Features amazing photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, and trivia! 
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Asters Purple

Asters: Stars of the Fall Garden
Summer is winding down but the asters are just getting started, adding splashes of lavender, purple, and pink to the fall garden.
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Large Rustic Daisy Flower Stake

Bring a bit of the countryside to your outdoor decor with our Rustic Flower Stakes. This floral beauty is crafted from metal and hand-painted for a weathered look. Standing almost 4 feet high, it can be displayed alone or complemented with other rustic flowers. 
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