Meteors and the Moon, houseplant care, insects predicting weather, freezing corn
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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, August 11, 2019
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)
Joe Jackson (musician) was born on this day in 1954. Robin Williams (actor) died on this day in 2014.
Houseplant Care Guide
Here are quick tips to keep your houseplants happy and healthy. From knowing how often to water to providing the amount amount of light, we’ll make sure your indoor plants not only stay alive, but thrive!
Want to try a perennial onion in your garden this winter? Yellow potato onions are a traditional favorite that grow very well in Virginia. Shallots and perennial leeks are similar to grow but have subtler flavors that add class to your cooking. Harvest green onions fresh all winter with Shallots, Potato Onions, White Multipliers or Egyptian Walking onions.
Best Vegetables to Plant in Fall
The days are getting shorter and fall is on the way. Are you planning to continue the harvest with a fall planting? There are so many interesting vegetables that thrive when the weather cools!
How 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. Check out our weather proverbs and folklore about insects and other creatures.
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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 star.”
How to Freeze Corn
We love 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. Wouldn’t it be divine to have a taste of summer come January?