What does NPK fertilizer mean?, earliest spring in 124 years!, March in like a lion?

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, March 1, 2020


March hack ham comes in like a lion,
goes out like a lamb.

–John Ray (1627–1705)

Sunday, March 1, 2020
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The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner
NPK: Understanding Fertilizer

N-P-K Ratio: What Do The Numbers On Fertilizer Mean?
Fertilizer terms can be confusing. What is the N-P-K? What are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium? Let us take the guesswork out of fertilizing.


Celebrity Trainer: “Muscle Loss in Seniors is Real, But It Doesn’t Have to Be"

Tony Horton reveals the way Americans over 40 can stay strong and fit for years to come and it’s so easy, you can do it right at home.

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Which Plants Flower in Winter?

Winter Flowering Plants for Fragrance, Color and Berries
Does your garden feel drab, dull, and uninteresting in winter? Well that doesn’t need to be the case. This coming season, plant trees and shrubs which will transform your garden to a winter wonderland of fragrance, color, and visual interest.  Here are our favorite winter-flowering plants.
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.

In Like a Lion?

March Weather 2020: In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb?
Let’s talk about the weather for March 2020. According to weather folklore, if March “comes in like a lion, it goes out like a lamb.” Let’s see what wild March has in store this year.
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.

Earliest Spring in 124 Years

Spring 2020: The Earliest Spring in Over 100 Years
The rumors are true. It’s the earliest spring of your life. Spring, marked by the vernal equinox, will begin on March 19, 2020 in all US time zones. Spring is earlier than it has been in 124 years (since 1896). It’ll even get earlier in a few years. And there’s an amazing story behind this.
Almanac Field to Fork Cookbook

A collection of more than 120 mouthwatering recipes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, plus kitchen tips and food facts and folklore. 


Welcome March!

The Month of March 2020: Holidays, Fun Facts, Folklore
March brings with it the promise of gardening and warm(er), sunny days, as Earth turns its frostbitten cheek to winter and springs forth from the vernal equinox. Read about this month’s holidays, happenings, seasonal recipes, gardening tips, Moon phases, folklore, and much more!
Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook eBook

All You Need to Know to Grow! After inspiring and instructing gardeners for 227 years, we have created a single “how to garden” reference eBook for your computer or tablet that includes all of our expertise.