Garden plans for shade, winter pruning, lentil soup

Daily Newsletter for Friday, February 23, 2018

blue jay in winter

There, on the black bough of a snow-flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty
–Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)

Friday, February 23, 2018
54th day of the year

Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary (daughter of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria; first royal birth in 30 years) was born on this day in 2012.
Don Cornell (big band singer) died on this day in 2004.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!
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A Frigid Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics 2018: Why Such Extreme Cold?
Who has been watching the Winter Olympics? Did anyone notice (from your cozy living room) that many of the days were not just cold … they were bone-chillingly frigid? What caused such extreme temperatures for a location at the same latitude as Washington, D.C.?
Mash Feed Tote

The design is inspired by a vintage chicken feed sack.
When to Plant Peas

Peas are not difficult to grow. Once they come up, they exhibit terrific growth spurts and can make a lovely wall of green through the garden.
Lilac and Violets Bath Bomb Set

Directions for a luxurious bath: Fill tub. Drop in bath bomb. Allow ingredients to effervesce, releasing essential oils into the water and a delicate scent into the air.
Plot Plans for Partial Shade

Garden Plans: Vegetables That Grow in Partial Shade
Not all of us are blessed with a sunny gardening space! Gardeners with more shade than sun need to adapt accordingly by planting the right veggies. Check out these garden plans for partial shade and grow the best vegetables possible!
Foaming Hand Soap

These luxurious soaps contain shea butter and aloe vera for gentle cleansing and moisturizing. Choose from different scents. Each comes in a good-looking, generously-sized bottle.
Winter Pruning

Winter Pruning Guide for Trees and Shrubs
Late winter is a good time for pruning in many regions. Here are some tips and a list of common shrubs and trees to prune in late winter or early spring.
Bee Brand Tote

One side of this cotton bag resembles a vintage seed sack and the other has busy bees.
Hearty Lentil Soup

Lentil and Brown Rice Soup
This Lentil and Brown Rice Soup recipe is a perfect introduction to cooking hearty, comforting lentils. If you thought lentils were intimidating, check out how incredibly easy this recipe is!
Bees Please Water Pitcher

Use this small pitcher as a flower vase or accent decoration.