Soil pH levels for plants, Almanac forecasting, tomato recipes

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, August 18, 2019

ripening wheat

High noon in August! over all the land
The very air is palpitant with heat;
While stretching far, the fields of ripening wheat
Unrippled lie as plains of yellow sand!

–Henry Sylvester Cornwell (1831–86)

Sunday, August 18, 2019
230th day of the year

Denis Leary (actor) was born on this day in 1957.
Elmer Bernstein (composer) died on this day in 2004.

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar
Soil pH levels for plants

Soil pH Levels for Plants
What is your soil’s pH level? Every plant prefers a different level of acidity. Use this soil pH chart to find which pH level is best for your garden plants. Then, learn how to adjust it accordingly!
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac

Detailed weather forecasts for the entire U.S., gardening and growing, food and recipes, astronomy, tides, home remedies, trends, handy tips, history, plus lots of humor—what’s not to like?  
Stowaway Plants

Common Plants You Probably Thought Were Natives
Did you know that many of our best-loved plants aren’t native to North America? Think of daylilies and daffodils. Let’s explore a few non-native plants that are part of our heritage—and have changed the very look of the land.
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. 
How Almanac Forecasting Differs

How the Almanac's Forecasting Methodology is Different
How do the long-range predictions by The Old Farmer’s Almanac work? Although the forecasts here at the Almanac are put together by weather professionals using scientific data just as they are elsewhere, our methodology is significantly different.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

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

Best Tomato Recipes for the Height of Season
Let’s make the most of summer’s tomato harvest!  We’ve got some fresh tomato recipe ideas right here—from tantalizing tomato sauce to fried green tomatoes to super salsa!
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.
A Rowboat Across the Ocean!

Two Fishermen Who Rowed to Europe!
In 1896, two intrepid—or crazy—fishermen once set out to do the impossible: row across the Atlantic to Europe!  Here’s the true story of two oyster dredgers from New Jersey, George Harbo and Frank Samuelson, who voyaged in a tiny open rowboat across the Atlantic. 
The Old Farmer's Almanac Bottle Opener

Features a cast iron opener with a weathered patina!