How Mother's Day started, mom jokes, growing corn, companion planting

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, May 12, 2019

mother and child

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
–Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936)

 

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Find out who was born today.



 
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How Mother's Day Started

The History of Mother's Day in the United States
The real history of Mother’s Day in the United States might surprise you. Three women—who championed efforts toward better health, welfare, peace, and love—contributed to the day we all celebrate on the second Sunday in May each year. Read more.
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Trio of Berry Goodness

Imagine succulent berries in glorious shades of red, purple and blue. They are ripe for the taking straight from your garden. Jung Seed’s luscious berries come in a wide variety that are exquisite for desserts, snacks and treats.

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Growing Corn

Corn
Sweet corn is an annual crop with yellow, white, or bi-colored ears. A long, frost-free growing season is necessary. Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest corn in your garden.
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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.

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Which Plants Are Companions?

Companion Planting Guide
Do you follow the principles of companion planting in your garden? See our tips on what plants to plant next to each other—and which to plant far apart—including popular crops like tomatoes, basil, potatoes, beans, and more.
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Tick Removal Tool

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. Sold as 3-pack for spares and sharing.

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Mother's Mint Cookies

Mother's Forgotten Mint Cookies

These meringue-like cookies are placed in a preheated oven, which is immediately turned off, and they bake overnight as the oven cools down.

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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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Mom Jokes!

A Well-Meaning Mother and More Humor
Sometimes, it’s mothers who say the darnedest things. Try not to roll your eyes too hard at this edition of Humor Me!
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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. 

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