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)

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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.
Beginner gardeners Lisa and husband were ecstatic with their first year of gardening, harvesting “yummy vegetables that tasted so much better than the grocery store,” and reducing their grocery bill significantly. See their full review, garden photos, and successful garden layout!
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

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.
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—that’s Sunday, March 8, 2020! See details about the history of “saving daylight” and why we still observe DST today.
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.
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!