Easter symbols, dyeing eggs naturally, hot cross buns!

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, April 10, 2020


In the springtime: April violets glow
In wayside nooks, close clustering into groups,
Like shy elves hiding from traveller's eye
–Thomas Buchanan Read (1822–72)

April 10, 2020: Good Friday

The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner
Origins of Easter Symbols

The Surprising Origins of Easter Symbols: From Lambs to Lilies
From lambs to lilies, there are many beautiful Easter symbols that have significance to us. But do you know why? The origin of the Easter egg is based on ancient fertility lore. The Easter bunny tradition came from the Germans (similar to Santa Claus). And then there are the Easter foods! Understand the symbolism and how Easter traditions began—some table talk for your Easter dinner.


How To: Help Your Dog Live Longer and Better

If you have noticed your dog having lower energy, redness inside the ears, bad breath, or their poop smells very bad, then these could be warning signs of something serious. Click here to find out right now if your dog is affected.
Backyard Stargazing for April

Night Sky Map for April 2020: Minor Constellations
Welcome to the Night Sky Map for April 2020! This month, we focus on lesser-known constellations that aren’t quite big or bright enough to make it into the “Big Leagues,” but are certainly still worth gazing at!
The Old Farmer's Almanac All-Natural Ant Repellent

Repels Black, Red, Fire, Crazy, Sweet, and Carpenter Ants!
Lisa's Garden Planner Layout

Vegetable Garden Planner Reviews: Lisa M.
Beginner gardeners Lisa and husband were ecstatic with their first year of gardening, harvesting “yummy vegetables that tasted so much better than the grocery store,” and reducing their grocery bill significantly. See their full review, garden photos, and successful garden layout!
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.
Hot Cross Buns!

Hot Cross Buns With Icing

Traditionally, Hot Cross Buns are served on Good Friday prior to Easter.

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.
Dyeing Easter Eggs Naturally

How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally
Try dyeing eggs the old-fashioned way—with spices, food, and plants! It turns out that your own kitchen and nature can provide all you need. It’s fun and something different to try. Note: You’ll want to dye these eggs at least one day in advance for vivid colors.
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.