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Daily Newsletter for Monday, August 28, 2017
Eruptive lightnings flutter to and fro
Above the heights of immemorial hills;
Thirst-stricken air, dumb-throated, in its woe
Limply down-sagging, its limp body spills
Upon the earth. A panting silence fills
The empty vault of Night with shimmering bars
Of sullen silver, where the lake distils
Its misered bounty.—Hark! No whisper mars
The utter silence of the untranslated stars.
–E.E. Cummings (1894–1962)
Pressure Canning Guide: How to Use a Pressure Canner
Preserving your harvest or farmers’ market haul in a pressure canner has many benefits. Here’s how to (safely) use a pressure canner at home, as well as when you should use pressure canning instead of traditional water bath canning.
The Nest and Eggs Metal Canister Set is a beautiful solution for storage! You can fill them with flour, sugar, tea or cookies in the kitchen or use them for desk storage in your office. Just be sure to put them on display on a countertop or open shelf, as they’re too stylish to hide.
Powdery Mildew Remedies for Plants
One unwelcome visitor to my garden at this time of year is powdery mildew. Here’s how to control this plant disease with natural remedies, including a homemade baking soda spray treatment.
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!
Planting Cover Crops in the Home Garden Plant cover crops in the fall to protect and nourish your soil by spring! Also called “green manure,” it’s easy to scatter the seeds. Cover crops work for any size garden—from a small raised bed to a small farm. Here’s advice and our charts on cover crops by region for the United States and Canada.
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.