Blackberries, vacation, pickling tips

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Friday, August 4, 2017

corn harvest

August brings the sheaves of corn,
Then the harvest home is borne
–Sara Coleridge (1802–52)


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Picking Blackberries

Blackberries, like raspberries, are a very easy berry to grow. Once this native berry is ripe, get ready for an abundant harvest, picking every couple of days! Here’s how to grow and harvest blackberries in your backyard.
Almanac Garden Hod

Born of pure ingenuity, the Garden Hod reflects the very best of farmers’ long tradition of craftsmanship and utility. It was designed as a harvest basket, but can be used for everything from a picnic basket to a knitting basket.
Full Moon Monday!

Full Moon for August 2020
The Full Moon for August 2020 rises this week. Here’s the date, time, and meaning of what we call the Full Sturgeon Moon—as well as Moon phases, best days by the Moon, and more.
Rustic Sunflower Garden Stake

This large stake stands just under 3 feet tall and the bloom measures about 9 inches across! It combines the charm of weathered metal with hand-painted vibrant colors. It’ll give a bed of purple coneflower a big pop of contrast and color.
Pickling Time!

Pickling Tips and Recipes
Learn how to pickle! See our best pickling tips—plus, great pickling recipes from dill pickles to pickled peppers! Preserve the bounty of the season’s harvest.
Vacation During Harvesttime?

Vacation: A State of Mind
If you’ve ever tended a big food garden in a region that gets frost—the kind of garden that you hope will feed your household all year long—you know the alternate reality that late summer brings.
Horse Wooden Night Light

Fantastic detail and craftsmanship are the hallmarks of this three-sided light. Casts a warm glow, too.