Beneficial insects, cider vinegar, cuke face masks

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, July 22, 2018

summer garden/getty

Summer is a glorious season,
Warm, and bright, and pleasant.
–Denis Florence MacCarthy (1811–82)

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Beneficial Insects in the Garden
Beneficial Insects in the Garden
Some bugs are good for the garden. We call these good guys “beneficial insects” and they can really help your garden by eating pest insects that would otherwise eat your plants. Here’s a list of common beneficial insects and how to attract them to your garden.
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Sunflowers
Sunflowers
With bright blooms that go from mid-summer to early fall, sunflowers say “summer” like no other plant. Plus, 2021 has been designated the “Year of the Sunflower”! What better way to celebrate than growing some yourself? Our Sunflower Growing Guide covers everything from planting to...
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All-Natural, DEET-Free Insect Repellent

The Old Farmer’s Almanac name is on the bottle. If it doesn’t effectively repel ticks, mosquitoes, blackflies, chiggers, and other biting bugs we will give you your money back!

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What is the Difference Between Spices and Herbs?
What is the Difference Between Spices and Herbs?
What is the difference between spices and herbs? An herb is the green, leafy part of the plant. A spice can come from the root, stem, seed, fruit, flower or bark of the tree or plant. Learn more about what’s in your spice cupboard—and how to best use herbs and spices in cooking.
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Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe
Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe
My mom grew up on a big Vermont dairy farm, and every summer, they would haul endless gallons of something called switchel out to the field during haying season. Mom’s recipe for the homemade beverage was simple: apple cider vinegar sweetened with maple syrup (both...
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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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DIY Face and Hair Masks: Nourishment From the Kitchen!
DIY Face and Hair Masks: Nourishment From the Kitchen!
For centuries, people have been using fruits, vegetables and other natural products to nourish their skin and hair. Here are four easy DIY recipes: for a cucumber face mask, honey yogurt face mask, banana hair mask, and lip color. All use products straight from your kitchen! Have fun!
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