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)

 
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

Dr. Steven Gundry Reveals How To Defeat The War In Your Stomach. Learn More >>
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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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$32.99
 
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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Vern Ader's Weed Spinner

Finally, it’s fun and easy to weed!  What’s more, dandelions don’t stand a chance! 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.
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$16.99
 
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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Tick Removal Tool

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. Sold as 3-pack for spares and sharing.
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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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$6.97 (You Save $5.00)