DIY potting soil is easy and so much cheaper

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, January 16, 2018

winter landscape

A cheer for the snow—the drifting snow!
Smoother and purer than beauty’s brow!
The creature of thought scarce likes to tread
On the delicate carpet so richly spread
.

–Eliza Cook (1818–89)

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Winning Oatmeal Recipes: Chicken, Pancakes, Meatballs
Winning Oatmeal Recipes: Chicken, Pancakes, Meatballs

These winning oatmeal recipes come from the Almanac 2005 Reader Recipe Contest. Find oatmeal pancakes, stuffed chicken, and glazed meatballs—all using oats in the recipes!
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The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids

Buy the Almanac for Kids, Volume 7, and GET VOLUMES 6 AND 5 FOR FREE! 

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Vegetable Garden Plans
Vegetable Garden Plans

See our vegetable garden plot plan—plus the accompanying plant list—for a 5 x 10 space.  This garden includes popular veggies, herbs, and fruit that work in most regions.
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USA Cutting Board

Crafted from naturally grown bamboo. It’s knife-friendly and durable. Great for chopping and serving.

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How to Make Your Own Potting Soil
How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

When gardening with containers or pots, never just use actual soil or dirt. You’ll need to use “soilless” potting mix (also called potting soil) for proper drainage and aeration. Here’s how to make your own potting soil for container gardens!
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Wooden Chickadee Thermometers

SAVE $7 (over 20% off) while supplies last! Made in the USA from a single slab of wood with a metal songbird topper. 

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Beets: Health Benefits
Beets: Health Benefits

The humble beet, steamed, boiled, roasted, pickled, borscht’d—but especially served raw—is nutritious and offers many health benefits.
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