Early spring lawn care, Mercury retrograde, forcing forsythia

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, February 17, 2020

Poor robin redbreast,
Look where he comes;
Let him in to feel your fire,
And toss him of your crumbs
–Christina G. Rossetti (1830–94)

Monday, February 17, 2020
48th day of the year

The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner
Early Spring Lawn Care

Common Lawn Problems: Nutsedge, Crabgrass, Grubs, Brown Patches
It’s time to plan your lawn care. Here are 10 common lawn problems that you want to prevent—plus solutions in case you need to fix a problem! We’ll cover yellow nutsedge, crabgrass, compacted soil, brown patches, grubs, disease, pet urine, bare spots, and more.


How To: Get Rid Of Deep Fat From Your Belly

Millions of Americans suffer from deep fat. Researchers have now found out the reason why. It turns out there is a master switch that controls when the cells turn into energy and when they turn into fat. Learn how to flip the master switch right now.
Forcing Forsythia

How to Force Forsythia Flowers in 5 Steps
Do you have forsythia? Forcing branches into bloom inside can give you an early taste of spring while you are still in the midst of winter. Here are my photos showing you how to force forsythia in five steps. You can also force redbud, dogwood, magnolia, crabapple, pussy willow, and many other flowering branches.
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.
Mercury Retrograde Begins

Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s next period of retrograde motion will last from February 17 to March 10, 2020! According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde.
Playing Cards

Card decks featuring butterflies, baby animals, or the birds of North America!
Strawberry Crepes

Strawberry Crepes

Delight someone with these easy Strawberry Crepes. Cut the strawberries into heart shapes for extra points!

Kitchen Clocks

Bold and colorful floral designs!
Winter Stress Relief Tips

Mid-Winter Stress Relief
Light deprivation, snow and ice storms, dangerous driving conditions, power outages, frozen pipes, overindulgence, weight gain: Winter delivers extra stresses, especially to those in cold regions. However, here are some “stress-busters” to lessen its negative effects on our health and well-being.
Feed Sack-Style Couch Pillows

Couch pillows that look like vintage feed sacks. Choose from many different designs. Perfect for a country-themed or farmhouse home.