Making your own potting soil, red sky at night, the dirt cough cure

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape.
–Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009)

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Digital Garden Guide
 
How to Make Your Own Potting Soil
How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

When gardening with containers or pots, never just use actual soil or dirt. You’ll need to use “soilless” potting mix (also called potting soil) for proper drainage and aeration. Here’s how to make your own potting soil for container gardens!
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Top Cardiologist Reveals Digestive Trick To Clean Your Bowels

Digestive Trick To Clean Your Bowels “What if you could restore your gut health with one simple fix? According to one doctor in California there may be a way. In fact, he believes it’s so powerful that it could be like a “power wash” for your insides.

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Winter Landscaping: Tune In To The Four Winds
Winter Landscaping: Tune In To The Four Winds

It’s winter, the dormant season. Plant and tree growth has slowed to a crawl or stopped completely. This is the perfect time to try out a winter landscaping exercise we’ll call the “Four Directions” or “Four Winds.” 
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This Family's A Hoot Dish Towel

A cotton dish towel featuring a panel stitched accent, owl and moon designs, and velvet ribbon trim. 

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Weather Sayings and Their Meanings
Weather Sayings and Their Meanings

Ever heard the saying, “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight”? Long before meteorologists reported the weather, people made forecasts based on their observations of the sky, animals, and nature. Here are some weather sayings—and what they mean.
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The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook

A gardener’s most useful tool is knowledge from past seasons. Don’t rely on sticky notes or memory! You’ll love our beautiful Gardening Notebook with its waterproof cover—easy to bring to the garden. Keep records so you know when pests arrive and when to put preventative controls in place to avoid damage. Also, track what blossoms when, first and last frost dates, what was planted where, what worked, favorite varieties, what you want to move, and other notes. 

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Kielbasa With White Beans and Tomato
Kielbasa With White Beans and Tomato

This Kielbasa With White Bean dish is delicious, quick, and easy. Made with meat and vegetables on the stove, it’s warm and comforting, too.

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The Gift of Gardening

The Gift of Gardening is a lovely illustrated book filled with inspirational quotes and interesting facts harvested from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It is perfect for the garden enthusiast. Includes a space to personalize the book with a “To” and “From” section on the first page.

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The Dirt Cure for the Winter Cough
The Dirt Cure for the Winter Cough

In 1849, a farmer prescribed a “dirt cure” for a winter cough. Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, demonstrate this natural remedy. (Warning: Humor required!)
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Farm Sweet Farm Jumbo Coffee Mugs

Large, double-sided, dishwasher-safe mugs. Each mug includes a generously-sized hole that allows coffee to pour out when the mug is tilted.

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