Transplanting seedlings, sunflowers, bug hotels

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, March 27, 2019


The beautiful spring came, and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
–Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813–97)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019
86th day of the year

Quentin Tarantino (actor, director, & writer) was born on this day in 1963.
Edward J. Piszek (once made too many crab cakes for a local bar and threw the extras in a freezer, an accident that led to a frozen seafood empire, Mrs. Paul's Kitchens) died on this day in 2004.

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Plant Sunflowers Now

Sunflowers say “summer” like no other plant. Native to North America, sunflowers are heat-tolerant, resistant to pests, and simply beautiful. You can even harvest their edible seeds. Here’s how to grow them in your garden!
Transplanting Seedlings

Tips for Transplanting Seedlings
Are you ready for the first big hurdle of the gardening season? Here’s how to make sure that your seedlings transplant successfully into the garden.
Flamingo Salt and Pepper Shakers

Just for fun, the holes in the shaker’s lids form an S and P! More designs also available.
The Shepherd's Barometer

Weather Folklore: The Shepherd's Barometer
Here are some ways to judge the weather, grounded on 50 years’ experience and observations by an ancient English shepherd in 1812.
Bright and Bold Umbrellas

These sturdy umbrellas come in several nature-inspired designs.
Is Asparagus Good for You?

Asparagus: Health Benefits
Yep, asparagus is good for you, so even if you don’t grow it yourself, grab a big bunch from a nearby farmers’ market when it’s in season locally. Here’s how asparagus benefits you—and the answer to our most common question about asparagus’s smell!
Sun Face Kinetic Wind Stake

Bring dramatic excitement to your garden with this extra-large kinetic wind stake featuring a 32-inch-wide Sun fan. Beautifully hand-painted metal Sun rays dazzle as the double-blade design spins in opposite directions, creating a mesmerizing effect. Video of the wind stake in action is available.
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Bug Hotels

Build a Bug Hotel
Not all insects should be considered pests. Some insects are crucial to the success of fruits and vegetables.
Easy and Safe Tick Remover Tool (3-Pack)

The best tick remover is the one that is easy to carry and always with you! This safe tick removal tool attaches to key chains, leashes, and backpacks. Made in the USA from high-strength aluminum that won’t break or bend.