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.
J. Carter Brown (headed the National Gallery) died on this day in 2002.

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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.
Vern Ader’s Weed Spinner

Remove weeds and their roots in one quick spin! The action is fast and the result is very satisfying! What’s more, there’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty.
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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!
Bee Rain Gauge

A metal bee accent adorns the hand-painted stake. Features a durable acrylic rain gauge for easy viewing.
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.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Bottle Opener

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

Mmmm … peaches picked at their peak are 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!
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. 
Recipes for the Grill

Easy Grilling Recipes—And 10 Tips for Grilling Success
Ready for a cookout? Here are some easy outdoor grilling recipes—plus, our 10 tips for grilling to mouthwatering perfection. Burgers, steaks, fish, vegetables, and pretty much anything tastes AMAZING from the grill if you do it right!