Irish beef stew, transplanting seedlings, vinegar power

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

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

March 15: The Ides of March

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Find out who was born today.

Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew

This hearty Irish stew is rich, flavorful, and comforting. The secret weapon? A cup of Guinness stout adds a deeper, more complex flavor.

Bold Kitchen Aprons

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA! There’s always something cooking at The Old Farmer’s Almanac. When it gets messy, we grab for one of these easy-care cotton aprons.

Companion Planting Layouts

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!
Colorful Kitchen Dish Towels

There’s nothing shy or demure about our kitchen towels! The bold prints demand attention and deserve it. They’re made of woven natural cotton, so they’re as practical as they are impressive. 

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"Pricking Out" Seedlings

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.
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.

The Power of Vinegar

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!
Canning Jar with Liquid Soap Pump

Great for a country kitchen or farmhouse bathroom! Works with most sinks, too!

Critters in the House?

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. 
Garden Guide Online Edition

Enjoy instant access—from your tablet or computer! 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.