Peaches, raising bees, harvest guide, blackberry jam

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, August 16, 2019

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

–Benjamin Rice (1903–78)

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The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac
 
When to Harvest Vegetables and Fruit
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...
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Peaches
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!
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Vern Ader's Weed Spinner

Finally, it’s fun and easy to weed!  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. Weeds don’t stand a chance!

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Refrigerator or Freezer Blackberry Jam
Refrigerator or Freezer Blackberry Jam

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.

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The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

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

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Beekeeping 101: Should You Raise Honey Bees?
Beekeeping 101: Should You Raise Honey Bees?

Thinking of raising honey bees in your backyard? Besides producing delicious local honey and wax, honeybees pollinate garden flowers and plants, given them a big boost. Bees are also quite independent! Learn the basics of beekeeping and whether it’s right for you with our Beekeeping 101 Guide.
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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.

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How to Make Homemade Shampoo (Only Two Ingredients)
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...
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The Old Farmer's Almanac Bottle Opener

Features a cast iron opener with a weathered patina!

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