When to harvest, make kombucha, ripening avocados

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Deep in the greens of summer sing the lives
I've come to love. A vireo whets its bill.
The great day balances upon the leaves;
My ears can hear the bird when all is still

–Theodore Roethke (1908–63)

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Pick at the Peak!

When to Harvest Vegetables and Fruit
How do you know when to harvest vegetables, fruit and herbs? Here’s expert advice on how to pick vegetables and fruit at the peak of flavor. For example, zucchini is harvested when 6 to 8 inches long. Pick early and pick often! See our entire list of common crops and the harvesting criteria for judging whether your vegetables are ready for picking. 


If You Have Thinning Hair, Watch This Now

Thinning hair is something that both men and women suffer from. There is a revolutionary solution that gets real and lasting results right in your own home by restoring the appearance of thicker fuller hair.

Pruning Hydrangeas

When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas
When do you prune your hydrangea? Well, it depends on the variety. Yes, we know that sounds tricky but it’s not if you consult our handy cheat sheet to figure out the best time to prune. We’ve included photos in case you’re not sure which hydrangea you have. 
Vern Ader's Weed Spinner

Finally, it’s fun and easy to weed!  What’s more, dandelions don’t stand a chance!

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.

How to Make Kombucha

How to Make Kombucha Tea
Kombucha tea is a popular fermented drink with a unique, tangy flavor. Did you know that you can make it yourself? Learn how with our recipe!
Silver Mercury Lantern

Standing almost 7 inches tall, these battery-powered lanterns feature 10 lights with a 6-hour timer. 

Ripening Avocados

How to Ripen Avocados and More Tips
How do you ripen avocados so that they’re just right—not too mushy? Here’s what you need to know about selecting, ripening, cutting, and storing avocados. After all, it’s worth the knowledge to enjoy this super-healthy brain food—and make awesome guacamole!
Dragonfly Wooden Night Lights

These highly intricate and detailed night lights were carved with a laser. The craftsmanship is outstanding. Each shade consists of 4 pieces of wood held together with interlocking finger joints. The best part is that the shade hides the bulb, even when viewed from the side. Made in the USA.

Hatching and Storing Eggs

Raising Chickens 101: Collecting, Cleaning, Storing, Hatching Eggs!
When should you collect my chickens eggs? How do you collect eggs from a chicken coop? What happens if you don’t collect chicken eggs? We answer all these questions and more in our article on how to collect, clean, store, and hatch chicken eggs.
Bee Brand Tote

One side of this cotton bag resembles a vintage seed sack and the other has busy bees.