Hyacinth, what is hydroponics?, the strange logic of Daylight Saving

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, March 6, 2019


Black boughs against a pale, clear sky,
Slight mists of cloud-wreaths floating by;
Soft sunlight, gray-blue smoky air,
Wet thawing snows on hillsides bare
–Emma Lazarus (1849–87)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
65th day of the year

Moira Kelly (actress) was born on this day in 1968.
Nancy Reagan (U.S. First Lady) died on this day in 2016.

Gift of Gardening Book > Learn More
Growing Hyacinth

Hyacinth and Muscari
Hyacinth bulbs are planted in the fall and bloom in the spring. Here’s a guide to planting and growing hyacinths and grape hyacinths in your home and garden!


How To: Fix Crepe Skin

Beverly Hills surgeon explains at home fix for crepey skin around the arms, legs, and stomach
What is Hydroponics?

What is Hydroponics? | The Basics of Hydroponic Systems
Did you know that you can grow plants without soil? Learn the basics of hydroponic gardening—which is especially useful if you live in an apartment with access to a balcony, terrace, rooftop, or even a sunny window. Here’s an overview of hydroponics and the many types of hydroponic systems out there today.
Dragonfly Tea Infuser

A great gift for the tea drinker. Enough loose tea fits in the stainless steel mesh ball for a pot, or use less for a cup. Handmade in Vermont from fine pewter.
The Strange Logic of DST

Daylight Saving Time 2019: Why Do We Have Daylight Saving Time?
This weekend brings the long-awaited start of Daylight Saving Time, which suddenly fills our evenings with brightness. The way our clocks “spring ahead” is a strange business.
Pewter Earrings

Handmade in Vermont. Choose from dragonflies, butterflies, and hearts!
Cooking With Fresh Herbs

Herb Recipes: Cooking with Fresh Herbs
Those of us with herb gardens are eager to start trying easy, healthy recipes that include herbs! Cooking with herbs can add great health benefits to your meals as well as make them even more tasty, so check out these delicious herb recipes
Try the Weed Spinner!

All you need is a drill and weeds and their roots are gone in one quick spin! The action is fun, fast, and satisfying! What’s more, there’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty. Expect your neighbors to get curious and want to try the Weed Spinner, too. This back-saving drill bit was invented by retired school teacher Vern Ader and we thank him. 
Believe It . . . Or, Maybe Not?

Baron Munchausen's Unbelievable Adventure
The following account comes from a collection of “ridiculous stories” first published in 1786.
Pine Cone Votive Candleholders

Set of 4 candleholders that each measure 4 inches by 4 inches!