Planting asparagus, a month without sunspots, chocolate oatmeal cake

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Thursday, March 7, 2019


March is a boisterous fellow,
And undeterred by fear,
With many pranks proclaims himself
The tomboy of the year

The 1931 Old Farmer's Almanac

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Find out who was born today.

Gift of Gardening Book > Learn More
Kitchen Garden Layouts

Kitchen Garden Layouts (Potager)
A kitchen garden (also called a potager garden) is designed to give you easy access to vegetables and herbs for cooking. Here are six kitchen garden layouts—plus a helpful video—to help you design a successful small kitchen garden!
Plant Asparagus in Spring

Asparagus is one of the first plants that greets us in springtime! It’s a perennial, which means that once it gets established, the tender spears will return year after year. In addition, its ferny foliage makes an excellent ornamental. Here’s how to grow asparagus—from planting...
Wine Bottle Lights

Create ambient lighting from an empty wine bottle! Choose a bottle from a special celebration or because of its interesting shape and color. 

A Month Without Sunspots

What Are Solar Cycles, and How Do They Affect Weather?
What are solar cycles and sunspots—and what causes them? Here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we believe that all weather on Earth, from the surface of the planet out into space, begins with the Sun. Here’s our quick solar cycle beginner’s guide to help you...
Red Mercury Lantern

Buy 2 or more and get $2.00 off each while supplies last. Includes 10 lights and a 6-hour timer. Takes 2 AA batteries.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

What do you get when you combine the best parts of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and cake? This quick, easy, and delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake!

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.

Spicing Up Beans and Lentils

Homemade Mixtures Can Spice Up Beans and Lentils
When I hear the statement, “When people can’t afford pork or beef, they move to chicken.” I always wonder, “But what about the folks who’ve already moved down from chicken to beans?”
Lobster Rope Doormats

Virtually impervious to wear and water, easy to clean, and excellent at removing dirt and snow!