Picking at the peak, dreams, Sun eye safety

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, August 18, 2017

No wind, no bird. The river flames like brass.
On either side, smitten as with a spell
Of silence, brood the fields. In the deep grass,
Edging the dusty roads, lie as they fell
Handfuls of shriveled leaves from tree and bush.
But ’long the orchard fence and at the gate,
Thrusting their saffron torches through the hush,
Wild lilies blaze, and bees hum soon and late
–Lizzete Woodworth Reese (1856–1931)


Friday, August 18, 2017
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Tomato Woes

Tomato Diseases and Disorders
I say “tomayto” and you say “tomahto” but however you say it, tomato time is here! Along with the luscious fruits that we gardeners await, we have the tomato disorders and diseases that the flesh is heir to—tomato flesh that is.


Thousands Lose Power from Severe Storm

On July 23, 2017, as many as 140,000 people in Kansas City, MO were effected by a severe storm causing massive power outages. Remember when you wished you had a generator. 
Make a Plan Now

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Picking at the Peek

How to Tell When Vegetables and Fruit Are Ready To Harvest
How do you tell when to harvest vegetables and fruit? Different crops have their own tell-tale signs that let you know when they’re ready to eat.
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. 

Eclipse Eye Safety

Solar Eclipse Safety: How to Protect Your Eyes
Both total solar eclipses AND partial solar eclipses require specialized eye protection. I’ve already written about eye safety, but it never hurts to provide more precaution.
The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Boxed Daily Calendar

Gardeners will be delighted with this nicely illustrated and gift-boxed page-a-day calendar!

Campfire Hobo Packs

Potato Hobo Packs

Potato Hobo Packs are great for camping and just a fun way to cook (with little clean-up!).

The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac

Makes a great stocking stuffer that will last all year long! Get free shipping on this item.

What Do Dreams Mean?

What Do Our Dreams Mean?
What are dreams, and what do they mean? Here we discuss how dreams connect the past and the present, and how we watch them as we sleep.
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.