Meteors and the Moon, houseplant care, insects predicting weather, freezing corn

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, August 11, 2019

toad

The sun is set; the swallows are asleep;
The bats are flitting fast in the gray air;
The slow soft toads out of damp corners creep,
And evening's breath, wandering here and there
Over the quivering surface of the stream,
Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream.

–Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

 

 
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Houseplant Care Guide
Houseplant Care

Houseplant Care Guide
Here are quick tips to keep your houseplants happy and healthy. From knowing how often to water to providing the correct amount of light, we’ll make sure your indoor plants not only stay alive, but thrive!

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Planting Vegetables for a Fall Harvest
Which Veggies to Plant

Planting Vegetables for a Fall Harvest
Summer is still at its peak, but the days are getting shorter and fall is on the way. Are you planning to continue your harvest into autumn this year? If so, now is the time to get planting. There are so many interesting vegetables that thrive when the weather cools!

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How Insects Predict the Weather
How Insects Predict Weather

How Insects Predict the Weather
Can insects predict the weather? Next time you see an insect, spider, or other “creepy-crawly,” check out what it’s doing! It could let you know something about the upcoming weather. Here’s some of the more well-known weather folklore about insects and weather!

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Perseid Meteors Marred? Blame It On the Moon
Meteors and the Moon

Perseid Meteors Marred? Blame It On the Moon
This year, the great Perseid Meteor Shower (peaking August 12–13) will be marred by the sky-brightening mischief of a nearly full Moon. So we may as well amuse ourselves by making the Moon the scapegoat for other problems, too! Read on—plus, here’s a tip to boost your chances of seeing a “shooting ...

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How to Freeze Corn: Blanching and Freezing Corn on the Cob
Freezing Corn

How to Freeze Corn: Blanching and Freezing Corn on the Cob
How to Freeze Corn Guide: We savor corn on the cob in the summer, but the season for fresh corn only lasts so long, so the next best thing is to freeze it! Freezing corn is a little messy, but it’s not hard at all. (And, yes, you must blanch it!) Wouldn’t it be divine to have the...

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