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

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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, as well as how to prune them. Consult our handy cheat sheet to figure out the best time to prune yours. 
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.
Dandelions don’t stand a chance!

Finally, it’s fun and easy to weed with Vern Ader’s Weed Spinner! 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.