Growing green beans, hydrangea varieties, tips for health and happiness

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Monday, April 20, 2020


This is the time we dock the night
Of a whole hour of candlelight;
When song of linnet and thrush is heard—
And love stirs in the heart of a bird
–Katharine Tynan (1861–1931)

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Growing Green Beans

Green Beans
Green beans are a staple of every vegetable garden because they are so easy to grow—even in limited space—and incredibly productive! Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest green beans—both the pole and bush types.


Discover Natural Lawn & Garden Products from The Old Farmer's Almanac

Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has helped America’s farmers and gardeners with wise words, planting charts, garden guides, wholesome recipes, and advanced weather forecasts. Now The Old Farmer’s Almanac furthers its mission with an innovative new range of natural lawn and garden products.
Hydrangea Varieties

Hydrangea Varieties for Every Garden
“What type of hydrangea do I have?” This is a common gardening question because there are many types, colors, and shapes of hydrangeas. Here’s an overview of the most popular hydrangea varieties—with beautiful pictures! Identify your hydrangea or choose one that’s best for your garden!


This Toxic Vegetable Is The #1 Danger In Your Diet

This vegetable could be toxic to your health and may actually be causing weight gain, digestive issues, brain fog, and fatigue. Many food manufacturers market this 1 vegetable as a “health super food.” Click here to find out this “toxic” vegetable >>
Attracting Nature's Plows

How to Attract Worms to Your Garden
Earthworms have been called “nature’s plows” for the way they dig through the soil. Their tunnels help aerate and loosen the soil, making it easier for plant roots to penetrate well below the surface, and along the way they drop their poop, a rich fertilizer called a casting. See how to attract worms to the garden!
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!
More Flourless Recipes

Simple Baking Ideas: Even When Low on Flour
Baking has become such a popular pastime during this quarantine that some stores have run out of flour. With that in mind, let’s consider (1) some simple baking ideas that use less flour, (2) low-flour recipes, and (3) no-flour recipes. We’ve added new flourless recipes that are truly some of our most delicious and don’t use a teaspoon of flour!
Almanac Field to Fork Cookbook

A collection of more than 120 mouthwatering recipes from The Old Farmer’s Almanac, plus kitchen tips and food facts and folklore.   
Tips for Health and Happiness

Down Home Tips for Health and Happiness
Most Americans equate “health” with professional health care, especially now, but I’d go so far as to say that self-care and family-based caregiving are the foundations of both good health and happiness.
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.