Garlic in fall, what is DE?, meteors

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, August 23, 2017

wild bees

Many swarms of wild bees descended on our fields:
Stately stood the wheatstalk with head bent high:
Big of heart we laboured at storing mighty yields,
Wool and corn, and clusters to make men cry

–George Meredith (1828–1909)


Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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Ever Planted Cauliflower?

Cauliflower is a sun-loving, cool-season crop to grow in spring and fall. It can be a temperamental plant in the garden because it does not tolerate heat or cold—so it’s not best for beginners unless you like a challenge! See how to plant, care for, and harvest cauliflower.
2018 Almanac Garden-Themed Weekly Planner and Organizer

Perfect for recording appointments, tasks, and special occasions. Covers 18 months with full-week calendar spreads. What’s more, it’s loaded with pretty plant illustrations, reliable gardening advice, timesaving tips, and a durable soft cover that lies flat!

Plant Garlic in Fall

Planting Garlic in the Fall
Garlic is incredibly useful in the kitchen and surprisingly easy to grow in the garden. Learn how and when to plant garlic so that you can maximize your harvest!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

Keeps avid weather watchers engaged and entertained day after day for up to 4 years! 

What is DE?

What Is Diatomaceous Earth?
Gardeners are often given the advice to sprinkle diatomaceous earth (DE) around plants to deter pests. Unsurprisingly, we’re often asked, “What is diatomaceous earth, exactly?” Well, here’s your answer…
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. 

Is That a Meteor?

When a Meteor is Not a Meteor
One of the most frequent topics letter-writers contact us about is meteors. Also known as shooting stars or falling stars, they usually appear as fast streaks across the sky. People gasp when they see them. Although most are rather dim, they are occasionally brilliant and sometimes regarded as UFOs. Many wrong ideas abound. So here’s the true story.


ProPlugger 5-In-1 Lawn & Garden Planting Tool

An Amazon top-seller that’s rated 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 412 customer reviews! It’s the fastest way to dig planting holes from a comfortable, standing position. Year-round applications from planting bulbs and plugging lawns to weeding and more. Watch an informative video on this helpful garden tool. 

Best Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

Though there are many zucchini bread recipes around, this one might just be our favorite—easy, fast, and freezes well. 



25 Darwin Hybrid Red Tulip Bulbs

Plant fall bulbs for vibrant spring color. Less than one dollar per bulb!