10 tips for beginner gardeners, buttermilk pancakes, Ben Franklin

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, January 17, 2020


The coldness seemed more nigh, the coldness deepened
As a sound deepens into silences;
It was of earth and came not by the air;
The earth was cooling and drew down the sky.

–Gordon Bottomley (1874–1948)

Friday, January 17, 2020
17th day of the year

Michelle Obama (U.S. First Lady) was born on this day in 1964.
Johnny Otis (musician; known as the godfather of R&B) died on this day in 2012.

The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner
10 Tips for Beginner Gardeners

10 Tips for Beginner Gardeners
Want to start your first vegetable garden? How hard can it be? Just stick a few seeds in the ground and stand back, right? If only it were that easy! Here are 10 garden planning tips to consider before you dig in.


How To Entirely Empty Your Bowels Every Morning -Surgeon Explains How

According to Dr. Steven Gundry — many so called “health foods” in the American diet contain a dangerous toxin, that could be expanding your waistline. By simply eliminating this harmful toxin, Dr. Gundry has seen thousands of his own patients make swift recoveries. (In fact, he even lost 70lbs himself!) Learn More >>
Planning Your Dream Garden

Planning Your Dream Garden
Get creative—and save money with this year’s vegetable garden plan. We’ll done the homework to help you create a garden with the most efficient spacing, the best days to plant, companion plants to ward off pests, and proper crop rotation principles to avoid re-planting certain crops in the same soil year after year. Let’s get started …
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. 
Happy Birthday, Ben!

Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin!
Benjamin Franklin was born on Sunday, January 17, in 1706. To celebrate his birthday, here are some facts and quotes about the great man. Happy Birthday, Ben!
Crossbody Purses for Cell Phones by Chala

Perfect size for carrying most cell phones, cash, ID, and a few credit cards. Very nicely made and features adjustable straps.
Enduring Wisdom

The Enduring Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin is well known for his witty sayings and proverbs—that continue to convey timeless truths. In honor of Ben, we pair three of his lesser-known adages with anecdotes that demonstrate his enduring wisdom! 
Refrigerator Notepads

Perfect for recording grocery needs or tasks. Each pad features a positive message and a magnet for hanging up in a handy spot.
Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Forget about boring, bland pancake mixes. This buttermilk pancake recipe is extra-special for the homemade pancake lover in your family.

Bright and Bold Umbrellas

These sturdy umbrellas come in several nature-inspired designs.