Irish beef stew, transplanting seedlings, vinegar power
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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, March 15, 2020
“Why, madam, the Ides were eight old women, the Nones nine, and Calind another, making eighteen in the whole. Their breath was [as] poison as the effluvia of asps. In the month of March, particularly when other folks kept in, by reason of bad going, these old hags were sure to be abroad, blurting and puffing their venom against every good reputation, to which they were mortal enemies.”
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1816
Companion Planting Garden Layouts
This year, don’t just plan a vegetable garden—plan a “companion” vegetable garden which takes into account which vegetables and flowers grow better near each other (and which do not!). To better understand, take a look at these sample companion garden plan layouts from our own Almanac readers!
How to Transplant Seedlings
If you started plants from seed, the seedlings often come up crowded and need to be “pricked out”—separated from the other little seedlings and transplanted into individual containers. Here’s how to transplant pot- or tray-raised seedlings. Don’t worry. It’s easier than you think.
Finally, it’s fun and easy to weed with Vern Ader’s Weed Spinner!
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.
The Many Household Uses for Vinegar
Here are some of the many household uses for white vinegar—from cleaning to stain treatment to relieving insect bites. Vinegar is a “wonder” product. Discover its common and surprising uses!
When Pests Invade the Home
Every rural, suburban, or urban household runs into various problems with pests and critters—to use the broadest possible term—nature. Mice, rats, and squirrels are the “big three” mammals. Here’s a checklist of how to deal with pests before you act.
The Garden Guide’s large, full-color pages are loaded with “Purple Power” colorful choices for better health as well as general information, landscaping basics, the magic of mushrooms and easy DIY planting projects. An online edition for your computer or tablet is also available.