Sweet potatoes, blackberry pie, self-sowing flowers

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, August 20, 2018

thistle seeds

Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sun- 
burnt meads, 
Wavers the butterfly ; 
Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads 
A sylphid fleet of the thistle's light and feathery 
And August passeth by.

–Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)

Monday, August 20, 2018
232nd day of the year

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Plant Once, Grow Forever

Discover 20 Self-Sowing Flowers!
Many flowers reseed themselves! Here’s a list of over 20 annual and perennial flowers that you can plant once and enjoy for years. And if you are busy deadheading your flowers—stop! Take a look at the seed heads you are cutting off.


Bring Some Balance into Your Garden!

These 8 “infinity” stones, thoughtfully balanced, symbolize safety and hope for a traveler moving along life’s path. As a gift for a friend or in your own garden they show friendship and welcome all who pass by.
Growing Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are grown more often in southern regions because they require at least four months of warm temperatures, though there are varieties that will grow in northern gardens, too. They are surprisingly easy to grow and just a few plants can produce a generous harvest. Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest delicious sweet potatoes in your garden.

Want to enjoy the beautiful Moon year-round? Check out our 2019 Moon Wall Calendar that is loaded with amazing lunar lore, facts, and photos!   
Fall Gardening Tips

Best Vegetables to Plant in Fall
The days are getting shorter and fall is on the way. Are you planning to continue the harvest with a fall planting? There are so many interesting vegetables that thrive when the weather cools!
The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! Features original, full-color illustrations.
Blackberry Pie!

Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie

Try this Blackberry Cream Cheese Pie for a rich and beautiful summer dessert. Assemble it in no time by making the syrup a day ahead!

The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Dramatic images of fantastic weather phenomena. 
Weird History of Makeup

History of American Cosmetics
The history of cosmetics is a fascinating one, as standards of beauty have changed significantly over the last few centuries. In fact, it was not unusual for upper-class gentlemen to wear makeup or wigs. 
Retro Advertising Thermometer

Official thermometer of The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Made in the USA from metal.