Founder's birthday, cakes, companion planting guide

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything

–Edna Frohock (1906–97)

Happy Birthday, Robert!

The Life and Times of Robert B. Thomas
The founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Robert B. Thomas, was born on April 24, 1766, and he founded The Old Farmer’s Almanac in 1792 when George Washington was president. Here’s a small glimpse into the man and his time. 
Large Drop Ceramic Bird Feeder

Add vibrant color to outdoor spaces!

Practicing Companion Planting

Companion Planting Guide
Do you follow the principles of companion planting in your garden? See our tips on what plants to plant next to each other—and which to plant far apart—including popular crops like tomatoes, basil, potatoes, beans, and more.
Cloud 9 Rectangular Pillow

Our charming cotton pillows are the perfect way to refresh a room for the new season!

Our Best Birthday Cakes

Birthday Cake Recipes: Easy, Beautiful, Tested!
It takes just two to make a birthday party—two people and a cake! Here are five triple-tested, tried-and-true birthday cake recipes—each worth a chorus of ooohs and aaahs.
Alpacas Indoor/Outdoor Metal Sign

Fully waterproof, UV-resistant, and mounted on heavy-duty aluminum like a street sign!

New Piña Colada Cake

Piña Colada Pineapple Rum Cake

A loyal reader claims that this family recipe for Piña Colada Pineapple Rum Cake is “to die for.” The cake serves up a taste of the tropics for any day of the week.

Farm To Fork Table Runner

Made of cotton for easy care!

Meet Our Editors

The Baker's Dozen of Almanac Editors
Get to know the history of The Old Farmer’s Almanac by getting to know its past (and present) editors—all 13 of them! 
Ode to a Cow Almanac Wooden Sign

This poem was originally printed in The 1936 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Its inspirational advice is still relevant for today’s busy lifestyles.