Peaches, raising bees, harvest guide, blackberry jam

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Friday, August 16, 2019


I hear the red fox barking
On the moonlit hill,
And bullfrogs by the river
Where the reeds stand still.

–Benjamin Rice (1903–78)

Friday, August 16, 2019
Find out who was born today.

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac
Harvest Guide: When to Pick

When to Harvest Vegetables and Fruit
How do you know when to harvest vegetables, fruit and herbs? Here’s expert advice on how to pick vegetables and fruit at the peak of flavor. For example, zucchini is harvested when 6 to 8 inches long. Pick early and pick often! See our entire list of common crops and the harvesting criteria for judging whether your vegetables are ready for picking. 
Growing Peaches

Mmmm … peaches picked at their peak are pure perfection! Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest peaches at the right time. Plus, we have some delicious peach recipes to try with your bounty!
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.

Easy Blackberry Jam

Blackberry Jam Without Pectin

This super-easy Blackberry Jam recipe has so much flavor and it’s not too sweet! Plus, no special equipment or ingredients are necessary for our no-fuss jam.

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with dramtic images, lunar lore, and more! Makes a great stocking stuffer!

Pros/Cons of Raising Bees

Beekeeping 101: Should You Raise Honey Bees?
Are you interested in raising honey bees? Does having your own beehive sound intriguing? See how to get started with our Beekeeping 101 series!
The Almanac Weather Rock

100% accurate weather predictor! If the rock is wet, it’s raining. If it’s dry and still, just wait a minute—it’s a mistake and will change soon.

DIY Shampoo (Curious?)

How to Make Homemade Shampoo (Only Two Ingredients)
One day early last spring, I counted the ingredients of my shampoos. Each contained at least 20 ingredients—many of them unpronounceable—and three or four of them had suspected toxins. Two contained fragrances that made me sneeze. On that day, I decided to try an easy two-ingredient homemade shampoo that I’d read about for years but that had always seemed too hokey. I’ve never looked back.
The Old Farmer's Almanac Bottle Opener

Features a cast iron opener with a weathered patina!