Warming the soil, DST this weekend, all about the Big Dipper

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, March 8, 2019

weather vane

In come the March winds,
They blow and blow,

They sweep up the brown leaves

That green ones may grow.

–George Washington Wright Houghton (1850–91)

Friday, March 8, 2019
67th day of the year

Kathy Ireland (model & actress) was born on this day in 1963.
Victor Manuel Blanco (astronomer who helped build the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile) died on this day in 2011.

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Warming the Soil

Warming the Soil for Spring Planting
Gardening in regions with a short growing season can be an adventure. There always seems to be another spring snowstorm around the corner! To take advantage of every possible growing day, we need to get our snow melted and garden soil thawed as quickly as possible.  
Today's Gardener: Lisa

Vegetable Garden Planner Reviews: Lisa M.
It’s hard to capture how the Garden Planner makes a difference, but beginner gardener Lisa M. really brings some of the benefits alive. Here are her review, garden photos, and plot plan. 
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. 
All About the Big Dipper

Sky Map: March 2019
The Big Dipper is more than just a fan-favorite constellation! Using it as an anchor point, you can learn to navigate your way around the night sky. Learn how with our March 2019 Sky Map.
Red Mercury Lantern

Also available in BLUE and CHAMPAGNE!
DST Details and a Brief History

Daylight Saving Time 2020: When Does the Time Change?
Daylight Saving Time starts on the 2nd Sunday in March. See details about when DST begins—and why we change our clocks!—from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
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. 
Strawberry Bread

Strawberry Walnut Quick Bread with Strawberry Spread

Why do bananas get all the fun of being in a quick bread?

Lobster Rope Doormats

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