2019 Summer Forecast, Aquarids meteors, cannas, tacos and frijoles

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, May 5, 2019

basket of lilacs

In May beholds the blooming wild,
And hears in heaven the bluebird sing,
'Onward,' he cries, 'your baskets bring,—
In the next field is air more mild,
And o'er yon hazy crest is Eden's balmier spring
–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)


Growing Cannas

Cannas are among the most colorful summer bulbs—as flamboyant as their tropical American ancestry—with ruffled spikes tapering to refined buds.


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.
Summer Weather Outlook

2019 Summer Forecast: Hotter Temps Out West, Rain for Others
Summer officially begins this Friday, June 21, and it’s shaping up to be another hot one—for some of us, at least. Read our 2019 Summer Weather Forecast to see what the season’s got in store for your area!


Create a Bee-Friendly Garden

Saving the bees isn’t an easy job, but there are a few things we can all do to help! You can create a perfect bee-friendly garden – large or small – just about anywhere, if you know where to start. Learn how.
Eta Aquarids Before Dawn

Meteor Shower Calendar 2020: When Is the Next Meteor Shower?
The next meteor shower is: The Delta Aquarids! Start looking for these shooting stars in late July. While they usually peak before dawn around July 30, it may be worth looking for them earlier, as the approaching full Moon is less likely to interfere. See details and the complete Meteor Shower Calendar for 2020 below.
Vern Ader's Weed Spinner

Finally, it’s fun and easy to weed!  What’s more, dandelions don’t stand a chance! 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.
Fish Tacos?

Baja Fish Tacos

Cool, tangy cabbage slaw cozies up to crispy fish in these tasty Baja Fish Tacos. They are easy to make and delicious to eat! Use any mild fish of choice.

Dishwasher-Safe Bamboo Cutting Board with Rooster

This handy cutting board sports a hole in the corner—just like The Old Farmer’s Almanac itself. 

Frijoles (Mexican Beans)

This recipe for Frijoles is simple and tastes much better than your average Mexican beans.

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!