First day of seasons, fast equinox sunsets, coneflower varieties

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, March 18, 2020

mountains-plains

The warring hosts of Winter and of Spring
are hurtling o'er the plains.
All night I heard their battle-clarions ring
And jar the window panes.

–Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–92)

 
Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
 
Coneflowers: 7 Best Echinacea Varieties
7 Coneflower Varieties

Coneflowers: 7 Best Echinacea Varieties
Coneflower, or Echinacea, is my favorite native American plant. This rugged pollinator magnet comes in so many colors, shapes, and sizes. Here are seven coneflower varieties that we have planted over the years with success.

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3 Warning Signs Your Dog Is Giving You

According to Dr. Marty Goldstein, one of the top veterinarians in the world, many dogs are at risk of serious health issues… but their owners may be missing the warning signs.

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Why Baby Animals are Born in Spring
Baby Animals and Springtime

Why Baby Animals are Born in Spring
Why are baby farm animals typically born in the spring? And why do we have an “Easter Bunny”? Enjoy our seasonal weather post—and, of course, adorable pictures of baby animals!

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Large Wooden Matchboxes

Choose from many different bold designs! Each matchbox is about the size of a deck of playing cards and contains 50 wooden matches with color-coordinated tips.

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When Do the Seasons Start in 2021?
Spring Begins Tomorrow!

When Do the Seasons Start in 2021?
When do all of the four seasons—spring, summer, fall, and winter—start and end? Find your equinox and solstice dates for 2021 and 2022—plus, learn the difference between an astronomical season and a meteorological season.

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Bold Kitchen Aprons

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.

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Spring 2020: The Earliest Spring in Over 100 Years
Earliest Spring of Your Life

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...

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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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Spring Tonics
What Are Spring Tonics?

Spring Tonics
What’s a Spring Tonic? While the vernal equinox may mark the moment of spring, the appearance of the first greens makes it real. Over the centuries, people have relied on the green plants that emerge early in the season as a sort of “detox” to revive, strengthen, and invigorate the...

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Choose from many different designs. Perfect for a country-themed home.

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