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

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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)

 

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The Forgotten History of Father's Day
The Forgotten History of Father's Day

Father’s Day was not immediately accepted when it was proposed, and it did not become a national holiday in the U.S. until 1972 during President Richard Nixon’s administration. Why was it a hotly contested debate? Read the forgotten history behind Father’s Day.
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Vern Ader's Weed Spinner

Finally, it’s fun and easy to weed!  The Weed Spinner is an innovative drill-driven weed removal bit that spins out weeds and their roots in one whirling motion.The action is fast and the result is very satisfying! What’s more, there’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty. Weeds don’t stand a chance!

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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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Powdery Mildew
Powdery Mildew

Wondering about that white fungus on your plant? The fungal disease powdery mildew is a common problem in gardens, infecting a wide variety of plants and reducing the quality and quantity of flowers and fruit.
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The Old Farmer's Almanac Bottle Opener

Features a cast iron opener with a weathered patina!

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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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Easy Grilling Recipes—And 10 Tips for Grilling Success
Easy Grilling Recipes—And 10 Tips for Grilling Success

Ready to grill? Begin planning now with our Top 10 Tips for Excellent Summer Grilling. Everything tastes better when grilled over an open flame—if done right. Then, grill up a summer feast with best recipes from our juicy burgers to BBQ ribs to easy kabobs. 
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