Phenology: planting by nature, prizewinning bean soup, robin song

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, March 10, 2019


March is good grafting, the skillful do know,
So long as the winds in the east do not blow
–Thomas Tusser (1524–80)

Sunday, March 10, 2019
69th day of the year

Mike Timlin (baseball player) was born on this day in 1966.
Corey Haim (actor) died on this day in 2010.

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Nature's Planting Calendar

Phenology in the Garden: Planting by Nature's Signs
For centuries, gardeners took their cues for planting times from nature—a technique called phenology. See how seasonal signs can tell you which chores to do in the garden!
Purple Pansy Purse Mirror

Made of fine pewter in Vermont. Supplies are limited.
Today's Gardener: Augustín

Vegetable Garden Planner Review: Augustín R.
What an interesting customer review of the Almanac Vegetable Garden Planner! Augustin R. has created a teaching garden to help other gardeners. See his plot plan—and stunning photos of raised bed gardens.
Wind Chimes, Bells, and Spinners!

Loads of designs! Made from brass, rust-proof aluminum, cast iron, ceramic, and wood.
What is Homesteading?

Garden Plans for Homesteads and Small Farms
What is homesteading? It’s really a mind-set—a desire to be self-sufficient. Learn more about homestead gardening—plus, here are three sample garden layouts to get you started.
Colorful Kitchen Dish Towels

There’s nothing shy or demure about our kitchen towels! The bold prints demand attention and deserve it. They’re made of woven natural cotton, so they’re as practical as they are impressive. 
Prizewinning Bean Soup

Bacon, Sausage, and Bean Soup

This hearty Bacon, Sausage, and Bean Soup won second prize in our 2012 Recipe Contest!

Crossbody Purses for Cell Phones by Chala

Top-seller! Available in different nature-inspired designs! Perfect size for carrying most cell phones, cash, ID, and a few credit cards. Very nicely made and features adjustable straps.
The Song of the Robin

Bird Sounds: American Robin
The American Robin is one of North America’s most common and beloved songbirds. Take a listen to their cheery song and learn more about the quintessential “early bird.”
All-Natural, DEET-Free Insect Repellent

The Old Farmer’s Almanac name is on the bottle. If it doesn’t effectively repel ticks, mosquitoes, blackflies, chiggers, and other biting bugs we will give you your money back!