Hyacinth, maple layer cake, frozen death

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

daffodil with frost

For glad Spring has begun,
And to the ardent sun
The earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frost-bitten cheek

–Celia Thaxter (1835–94)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
80th day of the year

Matthew Broderick (actor) was born on this day in 1962.
James Rebhorn (actor) died on this day in 2014.

Gardening Notebook > Learn More
Growing Hyacinths!

Hyacinth and Muscari
Hyacinth bulbs are planted in the fall and bloom in the spring. Here’s a guide to planting and growing hyacinths and grape hyacinths in your home and garden!
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.
Growing Tomatoes From Seed

Grow Tomatoes From Seed the Easy Way
Grow tomatoes by seed! Besides finding them a fraction of the cost of grocery-store tomatoes, you can experiment with all kinds of delicious flavors.
Wine Bottle Lights

Create ambient lighting from an empty wine bottle! Choose a bottle from a special celebration or because of its interesting shape and color. 
Maple-Walnut Layer Cake

Maple-Walnut Layer Cake with Easy Maple Frosting

This towering cake is a real old-fashioned treat, as delicious as it is charming.

Large Wooden Matches

Choose from 22 stunning designs! Each matchbox is about the size of a deck of playing cards and contains 50 wooden matches with color-coordinated tips.
Best of the Almanac

Frozen Death
First published in 1943, this is still one of the all-time favorite (and most debated) stories among Almanac readers.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2018 Gardener’s Special

The Special Way to a Great Garden! SAVE 20% over buying separately (over $6 off!). Also, get a FREE Gardening Calendar if you order today ($9.99 value). NEW Garden Guide NEW The Gift of Gardening Gardening Notebook
Spring-Clean With 6 Ingredients

Spring-Cleaning Naturally: 6 Ingredients
When it comes to spring-cleaning or any kind of housecleaning, I use an array of six admirably versatile natural cleaning products: vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, salt, borax, wood ash.
Love You a Bushel and a Peck Coffee Mugs

Large, double-sided, dishwasher-safe mugs. Choose from different fun designs! Handles work equally well for both left- and right-handed people. Each mug includes a generously-sized hole that allows coffee to pour out when the mug is tilted.