Grapes, starting herbs from cuttings, seed heads for birds

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sunburnt meads, 
Wavers the butterfly; 
Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads 
A sylphid fleet of the thistle's light and feathery seeds,— 
And August passeth by.

–Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
232nd day of the year

Joan Allen (actress) was born on this day in 1956.
Jerry Lewis (comedian) died on this day in 2017.

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar
Growing Grapes

Grapes are often ignored in home gardens, and yet are one of the most widely produced fruit in the world—not to mention a beautifully ornamental plant.


This Is What A Single Diet Soda Drink Does

Diet Soda and THREE OTHER DANGEROUS FOODS that are being marketed as “health foods.” One ingredient may be harming you from the inside, and could be the reason why you are not losing weight, no matter what you have tried.
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How to Start Herbs

Starting Herbs from Cuttings
Grow new herbs from cuttings easily and for free! Late summer is the perfect time to do this, although cuttings can be taken almost anytime.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar

A highly useful daily planner full of humor and useful advice. It’s an indispensable tool for managing your life and keeping yourself organized. Includes plenty of room for jotting down appointments and notes.  
Sophisticated Berry Shortcake

Grilled Angel Food Cake with Berry-Wine Sauce

The combination of flavors in this Grilled Angel Food Cake With Berry-Wine Sauce dessert is brilliant.

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with stunning photos, lunar lore, and more! 
Seed Heads for Birds

Plants With Seeds to Feed the Birds
Most of the garden has been stripped down to bare bones but I am in no hurry to cut down any plants that have interesting seed heads. The birds fully appreciate having a smorgasbord of seeds to choose from and we love watching them. 
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! Shipping now. Buy more than one and save.
Cats and Weather Lore

Cats and Weather—The Folklore
What is the origin of the phrase, “raining cats and dogs”? What do animals falling from the sky have to do with torrential downpours? Let’s explore!
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Start each day with a tidbit of Almanac fun: weather wisdom, quirky historical facts, useful hints, and time-tested proverbs. Nicely illustrated page-a-day desk calendar.