Potatoes, the Bean Man, caring for lilies, leg cramps

Daily Newsletter for Thursday, August 2, 2018

August weather

If the first week in August is unusually warm,
The winter will be white and long.



Thursday, August 2, 2018
214th day of the year

Tim Wakefield (baseball player) was born on this day in 1966.
Francis "Frank" Gouin (plant physiologist) died on this day in 2018.

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Caring for Lilies

Everyone loves lilies. With large, showy blooms, lilies add striking elegance to the yard and garden from early to midsummer. Grown from bulbs, lilies are perennial flowers that will return year after year and require minimal care, provided that you plant them in the right place. 


Feel Years Younger by Boosting Your Stem Cells at Home

Los Angeles doctor explains the at-home trick to feeling younger and improving your quality of life.
Growing Potatoes

Wondering how to grow potatoes? We’re here to help! The taste and the texture of homegrown potatoes are far superior to those of store-bought spuds, especially the early varieties. Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest potatoes in your garden.
The Old Farmer's Almanac All-Natural Insect Repellent

This DEET-free, extra-strength bug spray will effectively repel ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, blackflies, yellow flies, chiggers, and other pesky, biting bugs!
Threshing Dried Beans

Threshing Dry Beans | John Withee's Bean Bag Method
The late John Withee was once known in seed-saving circles as the “Bean Man” for his devotion to saving heirloom bean seeds. He developed a unique system for threshing dry beans. In 1980, John showed us how his threshing method works. We’ve never found a better system, and we recommend it to anyone who faces a big pile of dried bean plants this fall. 
The Old Farmer's Almanac Bottle Opener

Features a cast iron opener with a weathered patina!
Leg Cramps at Night

Leg Cramps at Night: Causes and Remedies
Eeow! Startled from a deep sleep, you suddenly come to with a shriek, as your calf, thigh, or maybe the arch of your foot contracts in violent pain. Commonly called a “Charley horse,” this is a common and painful occurence. Discover what causes leg cramps at night, as well as how you can prevent and relieve them.
2019 Almanac Desk and Wall Calendars

The most coveted stocking stuffers in the history Christmas! 
Can You Identify Poison Oak?

Poison Oak: Identification and Treatment
“Leaves of three, let it be!” “Hairy vine, no friend of mine!” Learn how to spot poison oak, tell the difference between poison oak and poison ivy, and treat a poison oak rash. 
The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac

Includes a free hole for hanging up in your outhouse! String not included.