When to prune hydrangea, making a square-foot garden, bluebird houses

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, March 24, 2019

flowering tree

Look all around thee! How the Spring advances!
New life is playing through the gay, green trees
See how in yonder bower the light leaf dances
To the birds tread and the quivering breeze.

–Ludwig Tieck (1773–1853)

Sunday, March 24, 2019
83rd day of the year

Tommy Hilfiger (fashion designer) was born on this day in 1951.
Garry Shandling (comedian) died on this day in 2016.

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Creating a Square-Foot Garden

Planning a Square-Foot Garden
Square-foot gardening is a method of densely planting in squares for multiple harvests in a small space, even if you have poor soil.


Tired of Too Many Lawn Tasks and Not Having the Right Equipment?

It’s Spring and time to take care of the many lawn projects that await you. Wouldn’t it be great to have a single reliable power source that accepts multiple attachments to tackle all sorts of jobs? ECHO’s Pro Attachment Series(TM) is the answer.
Pruning Hydrangea

When to Prune Different Kinds of Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas can sometimes be a tricky plant to care for, so it is important to learn when to prune different hydrangea varieties and how to prune hydrangeas. Properly pruning hydrangeas based on your hydrangea’s variety will allow you to have more blooms next year.
Wild Berry Blossom Umbrella

Stand out in the rain!
Gingered Beef, Peas, & Carrots

Gingered Beef, Snow Peas, and Carrots

Add the taste of spring with carrots and snow peas! (Snow peas can be substituted with sugar snap peas.)

The Old Farmer's Almanac All-Natural Ant Repellent

Repels Black, Red, Fire, Crazy, Sweet, and Carpenter Ants!
Bluebird House-Hunting!

House-hunting with the Bluebird
Along with the plip-plip-plip of sap in the maple buckets, another sound brings the walker to a halt. Bluebird! Henry David Thoreau, who heard it all before us, called it a song that “melts the ear, as the snow melts in the valleys around.”
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!
What Are Spoonerisms?

Mardon Me, Padam, But Do You Know Any Spoonerisms?
Ever meant to say one thing, but something else pops out of your mouth? Spoonerisms are sort of similar. Here’s curious story of how the word spoonerism was invented—and some fun with words.
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.