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

This is an archived issue of our 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
132nd day of the year

Tony Hawk (skateboarder) was born on this day in 1968.
Emanuel Gluck (Yankee Stadium's longest-working vendor; wore badge No. 1) died on this day in 2005.

How Mother's Day Started

The History of Mother's Day
While the Mother’s Day that we celebrate on the second Sunday in May is a fairly recent development, the basic idea goes back to ancient mythology—to the long ago civilizations of the Greeks and Romans.


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.
Growing 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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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.

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!
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!
Dishwasher-Safe Bamboo Cutting Board with Rooster

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