Choosing chicken breeds, new 2020 plants!, February forecast for Groundhog Day and beyond

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, January 26, 2020

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There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter. One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogs.
–Hal Borland (1900–78)

Sunday, January 26, 2020
26th day of the year


Wayne Gretzky (hockey player) was born on this day in 1961.
Robert Hegyes (actor) died on this day in 2012.


 
Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
 
February Forecast Update

February Forecast Update: Winter Weather Ahead for Groundhog Day and Beyond
The two most important events of the year for many both occur on the same day this year—Sunday, February 2—when Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil will be looking for his shadow during commercial breaks in the early-morning TV run-up to Super Bowl LIV, which will be taking place that evening in Miami Gardens, Florida’s partially covered Hard Rock Stadium. 
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How To Entirely Empty Your Bowels Every Morning - Top Surgeon Explains How

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A Garden Planner Intro

How to Use Garden Planner Software
In this video, we demonstrate how to use the Almanac Garden Planner software—and how it can save you time and money.
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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.
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New 2020 Edibles and Flowers

New and Notable Plants for 2020
We are being inundated with seed catalogs this year. It will be hard to find room among the tried and true to experiment with all the new things I’d like to try. Here are some edibles that caught my eye—as well as a few flowers.
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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. 
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$15.99
 
Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken is named for Ding Baozhen, a Chinese official who served as the governor of Sichuan Province in the 1800s.

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Easy and Safe Tick Remover Tool (3-Pack)

The best tick remover is the one that is easy to carry and always with you! This safe tick removal tool attaches to key chains, leashes, and backpacks. Made in the USA from high-strength aluminum that won’t break or bend. 
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$19.95
 
Choosing Chicken Breeds

The Best Chicken Breeds for Your Backyard
With more than a hundred breeds of chickens to choose from, it can be challenging trying to figure out which breeds you want to raise. Here’s my advice—plus, see this page for a free beginner’s guide to gardening which includes my four-season guide to raising chickens!
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Local Farmers' Market Tote

Features long and short handles for convenience. Plus, a two-sided design and small interior pocket.
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