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
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Growing Hyacinth

Hyacinth and Muscari
Hyacinth bulbs are planted in the fall and bloom beautifully in the spring. Here’s a guide to planting and growing hyacinths and grape hyacinths in your home and garden!
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...
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: 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
When herbs are in season, rejoice in recipes that incorporate heavenly rosemary, basil, dill, mint, oregano, and thyme. Cooking with herbs not only releases great fresh flavors, but also is healthy! From savory rosemary recipes to an amazing herb butter to divine basil pesto to a mint dish to keep...
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.

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!