Building a raised bed step-by-step, spring peepers, 10 pretty pansies, dream cake

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, March 31, 2019

lamb and wisteria

What is the roar of a lion
If it ends in the bleat of a lambMarch?
–Mark Cook (1854–1882) 

Sunday, March 31, 2019
90th day of the year

Rhea Perlman (actress) was born on this day in 1948.
Bob Clarke (illustrator) died on this day in 2013.

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How to Build a Raised Bed

How to Build a Raised Bed Step-by-Step
With just a few materials, we will show you how to build a simple 4 x 4-foot raised bed for your garden. No prior DIY skills required! We hope this demonstration is helpful. Full text provided.


Best Natural Fertilizer On Earth!

Chicken Soup for the Soil® is 100% toxin-free and includes all the elements in the periodic table. Higher-quality fruits and vegetables. Will not wash out of soil.
10 Pretty Pansies

10 Pretty Pansy Varieties
Flowers are starting to appear for sale in the garden centers—and that means pansies. Get to know this old-fashioned “flower with a face” and discover 10 different varieties!
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!
Here Comes the Sun

Why Sunlight is Good for You!
Few seem to realize that the Sun in April is as strong as it is in August, especially once we hit the middle of the month. Solar fear and confusion still abound. The marketing of ultrablocking sunscreens and special sun-protective clothing plays into these fears. I certainly got repeatedly surprised when I researched the Sun’s health effects.
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.
Dream Cake Squares

Dream Cake Squares

These Dream Cake Squares are quick, easy, and practically foolproof. Both crunchy and chewy, they taste like a dream indeed!  

Bright and Bold Umbrellas

These sturdy umbrellas come in several nature-inspired designs.
Listen to the Frogs!

A Spring Song: Wood Frogs, Peepers, and Frog Chorus
The wood frog, which literally freezes its body, comes back from the dead. The spring peeper calls out the end of winter. Learn all about our fascinating frog friends—and listen to their sound!
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.