Mulching Guide, spot Mars and Pleiades, earthworms

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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The grass of spring covers the prairies,
The bean bursts noiselessly through the mould in the garden,
The delicate spear of the onion pierces upward,
The apple-buds cluster together on the apple-branches
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–Walt Whitman (1819–92)

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The Seven Sisters in the Spring Sky
The Seven Sisters in the Spring Sky

What are the Seven Sisters? These are stars in the Pleiades star cluster—one of the most noticeable star pattern in the spring. This tiny dipper of six stars appears at nightfall, lowish in the west, directly above where the Sun sets. So, wait, why are they called the Seven Sisters? Read on—plus,...
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How to Mulch Your Garden | Types of Mulch
How to Mulch Your Garden | Types of Mulch

Mulch has been called the gardener’s friend—and for good reason. In winter, mulch protects bare soil, prevents erosion, and protects plants. In spring, mulch locks in moisture, suppresses weeds, and feeds the soil. Learn how to mulch, when to mulch, and about the many different types of mulch to...
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How to Make Tomato Cages and Tomato Stakes
How to Make Tomato Cages and Tomato Stakes

In this video, we explain how to choose the best plant supports for both bush and vining tomato plants, and show how to make inexpensive homemade tomato cages. This helps to prevent branch breakage, provide air circulation, avoid slug damage, and keep tomatoes productive and healthy.
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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!

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Asparagus Tart
Asparagus Tart

With just a few simple ingredients, this easy Asparagus Tart can make an impressive contribution to any brunch, lunch, or dinner table.

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Bright and Bold Umbrellas

These sturdy umbrellas come in several nature-inspired designs.

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How to Attract Earthworms to Your Garden
How to Attract Earthworms to Your Garden

Earthworms have been called “nature’s plows” for the way they dig through the soil. Their tunnels help aerate and loosen the soil, making it easier for plant roots to penetrate well below the surface, and along the way they drop their poop, a rich fertilizer called a casting. See how to attract...
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Pewter Zipper Pulls

Great for fleece coats and backpacks! Pewter zipper pulls are fun and convenient!  A stylish accessory that is also helpful for arthritic or small hands. Made in Vermont.

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