Cosmos, ants on peonies, sun exposure

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, May 30, 2018


With constant motion as the moments guide,
Behold in running life the rolling tide!
For none can stem by art, or stop by power
The flowing ocean, or the fleeing hour.
–The Old Farmer's Almanac (1827)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
150th day of the year

Wynonna Judd (country music singer) was born on this day in 1964.
Gus Wickstrom (retired farmer who used pig spleens to forecast the weather [claimed 90% accuracy]) died on this day in 2007.

How Quickly Your Skin Burns

UV Index Scale
The UV Index tells you how quickly your skin will burn without protection from the Sun. Check out the UV Index and the UV forecast for your area below.


Want nutrient dense-food, and bright, vivid flowers, with increased yield?

Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fertilizer is made from everything that is left over after filleting the fish, in Gloucester, MA. It contains all the nutrients plants and soil need in nature’s perfect balance and has no unpleasant odor. Shows amazing results on everything you grow!
Peonies and Ant Myth

Ants on Peonies
The peonies in my backyard always have ants crawling on the flower buds. Many people think ants are a pest on peonies. There’s also a endearing myth that ants “tickle the buds” or “lick the sugar” to help them open. Learn more about ants on peony flowers.
Moon Shiners Sun-Powered Mason Jar Lids

$4.00 OFF, BESTSELLER Light up your walkway, driveway, or patio. Display your favorite treasures with illumination.
Supporting Cosmos

Cosmos are annual flowers with colorful daisy-like flowers that sit atop long slender stems. Blooming throughout the summer months, they attract birds, bees, and butterflies to your garden. Growing easily from seeds, cosmos even survive in poor soil conditions! Here’s how to grow cosmos.
Farm Sweet Farm Jumbo Coffee Mugs

Large, double-sided, dishwasher-safe mugs. Each mug includes a generously-sized hole that allows coffee to pour out when the mug is tilted.
Try Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup!

Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup

Our chilled Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup pairs tangy rhubarb and sweet strawberries for a refreshing spring or summer starter. 

Try the Weed Spinner!

All you need is a drill and weeds and their roots are gone in one quick spin! The action is fun, fast, and satisfying! What’s more, there’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty. Expect your neighbors to get curious and want to try the Weed Spinner, too. This back-saving drill bit was invented by retired school teacher Vern Ader and we thank him. 
Poison Ivy in Your Yard

Poison Ivy in the Garden
Got poison ivy in your own garden? As a gardener myself, I feel your pain! Here are my tips on how to get rid of poison ivy in the garden and yard.
Christmas Aprons

These aprons are 100% cotton for easy care and have bold holiday prints. Impress your guests! Supplies are limited.