Growing columbine, best plants for window boxes, spectacular strawberry recipes

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, May 30, 2019


Nothing is so beautiful as Spring—      
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;          
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush          
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring          
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing.

–Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89)

Thursday, May 30, 2019
150th day of the year

Wynonna Judd (country music singer) was born on this day in 1964.
Gus Wickstrom (retired farmer who used pig spleens to forecast the weather [claimed 90% accuracy]) died on this day in 2007.

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Fragile but Hardy Perennials!

The perennial columbine (Aquilegia) blooms from mid-spring to early summer. Here’s how to plant and grow columbine flowers in your garden!


Top Cardiologist Reveals Digestive Trick to Clean Your Bowels

Millions of Americans suffer from low energy, digestive discomfort, and trouble losing weight. Many also are on the road to serious heart problems. According to Dr. Steven Gundry, one of the top cardiothoracic surgeons in the world, all these issues can be addressed by doing one simple thing.
Best Flowers for Window Boxes

Best Flowers for Window Boxes
What are the best flowers for window boxes? It mainly depends on your sun exposure. See our list of flowering window box plants that love sun—and shade.
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!
Fresh Strawberry Recipes!

10 Spectacular Strawberry Recipes
There’s nothing like strawberries at the peak of season—juicy, sweet, and ripe! Sure, you can buy strawberries all year-round now, but they’re not as flavorful. Here are 10 super strawberry recipes, from prize-winning strawberry jam to the best strawberry-rhubarb pie.
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. 
Sweet Tea or Iced Tea?

How to Make Iced Tea: Tips and Recipes
Is there anything better than drinking cold iced tea on a warm summer’s day? Here are some iced tea–making tips and recipes for you to enjoy!
Kitchen Dish Towels

Discover our large selection of cotton dish towels with country and farmhouse style!
When the Power Goes Out

Surviving Power Outages During a Storm
Summer months bring intense storm systems—and a season of power outages. Don’t wait for the next storm! Be in the know and be prepared.
Bold Kitchen Aprons

There’s always something cooking at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. When it gets messy, we grab for one of these easy-care cotton aprons.