Healing with aloe vera, banana bread, peonies, worm bins

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, April 14, 2020


Gladness is born of the April weather,
And the heart is as light as a wind-tossed feather.
Who could be sad on a day like this?
The care that vexed us no longer is.

–Eben Eugene Rexford (1848–1916)

Almanac Garden Guide
Aloe Vera for Healing

Aloe Vera: A Self-Regenerating First-Aid Kit
Among the easiest-to-grow houseplants, aloe vera will decorate a kitchen shelf with quiet grace while doing double duty as a self-regenerating first-aid kit.



ECHO has all your equipment needs to start the season off right. New products. Innovation. Power. Productivity. Make this spring the best yet with ECHO
Real Weather Mysteries

A Dozen Weather Mysteries
The case of the flying alligator. The case of the disappearing summer! Weather can be very mysterious. Sometimes we figure out the science and sometimes there’s simply no explanation! Here are 12 weird, wild, and scary weather events explained.


Looking for American-made Gifts?

Look no more, North Country Wind Bells® has been creating quality-made wind bells in the state of Maine since 1975. With 6 collections, 67 melodies and over 100 personalizing options, you can find that perfect American-made gift.
Growing Peonies

The peony is outrageously beautiful in bloom from spring to summer—with lush foliage all summer long. Here’s how to grow peonies and get the best peony flowers in your garden.
Foaming Hand Soap

These luxurious and fragrant soaps contain shea butter and aloe vera for gentle moisturizing. Choose from many different scents while supplies last. Each comes in a good-looking, generously-sized bottle.
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How to Start a Worm Compost!

Worm Composting 101: How to Make a Simple Worm Bin
Wonderful wiggling worms are the starting point to healthy soil and can create truly awesome compost. Put worms to work in your garden by making your own wormery. It’s easy and will yield nutritious worm compost to enrich your soil. In this short video, we’ll show you how to make a wormery step-by-step.
The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 8

Stuck at home? Keep youngsters entertained for hours with fun facts, fascinating stories, and educational activities!
Banana Nut Bread

Blue Ribbon Banana Bread

Got ripe bananas? Make Banana Nut Bread! This recipe is a state fair blue ribbon winner and has a wonderfully rich banana favor.

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.