How Father's Day got started, peaches, powdery mildew

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, June 17, 2018

marsh reeds at sunset

'Tis June, and all the lowland swamps
Are rich with tufted reeds and ferns,
And filmy with the vaporous damps
That rise when twilight's crimson burns
.
–George Arnold (1834–65)

 

Sunday, June 17, 2018
168th day of the year


Greg Kinnear (actor) was born on this day in 1963.
Gloria Vanderbilt (fashion icon) died on this day in 2019.


 
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Who Started Father's Day?

The History of Father's Day
Though Father’s Day wasn’t made a national holiday until 1972, the efforts of one woman in Washington sparked a movement to celebrate dads long before then.
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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. 
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$15.99
 
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How to Mulch Video

Mulch to Control Weeds and Save Water
In this short video, see how to properly use mulch to kill weeds and keep plants moist, especially in the hot summer months. Mulch your garden to beat the heat!
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Bee Rain Gauge

A metal bee accent adorns the hand-painted stake. Features a durable acrylic rain gauge for easy viewing.
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$13.99
 
Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew
Wondering about that white fungus on your plants? The fungal disease powdery mildew affects a wide variety of plants and takes away a plant’s nutrients. This causes the plant to bloom less and become weaker.
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The Old Farmer's Almanac Bottle Opener

Features a cast iron opener with a weathered patina!
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$16.95
 
Harvesting Peaches!

Peaches
Mmmm … peaches picked at their peak are pure perfection! Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest peaches at the right time. Plus, we have some delicious peach recipes to try with your bounty!
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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. 
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$9.95
 
Recipes for the Grill

Easy Grilling Recipes—And 10 Tips for Grilling Success
Ready to grill? (Always!) We offer 10 tips on how to grill for maximum taste—plus 10 easy grilling recipes. We’ve grilled flank steak with herbs, juicy burgers, salmon kabobs, corn and vegetables, and even pizza!
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