Hostas, victory gardens, baking with fewer ingredients, Lyrids!

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, April 21, 2020

chubby bluebird

When God had made a host of them,
One little flower still lacked a stem
To hold its blossom blue;
So into it He breathed a song,
And suddenly, with petals strong
As wings, away it flew.

–John Bannister Tabb (1845–1909)

Almanac Garden Guide
Handy Hostas for Shade

Hostas are hardy perennials that are especially perfect for a shady garden. Reliable and very easy to grow, hostas are long-lived—and may even outlive the gardener!


Try Neptune’s Harvest

“Tomato & Veg” AND “Rose & Flowering” Fertilizers are made from organic ingredients including Fish, Seaweed, Molasses, Yucca and Humate. All things expert growers like to use. Greatly increases yield and quality of all plants. (800) 259-4769
3 Victory Garden Plans!

3 Victory Garden Plans to Get Gardening!
Gardening has experienced a reawakening, with undeniable parallels to the victory gardening during World Wars I and II. With the quarantine, today’s motivations are a little different. The victory in this case is keeping spirits up through self-isolation—as well as discovering the practical benefits of growing food and self-reliance.  Learn more—plus find 3 garden plans for your modern victory garden!


How To Remove Dark Spots (Do This)

A common misconception that many people have are that dark skin spots are caused by the sun, when in fact they are actually signs of advanced aging.  Dr. Gundry has a special at home method that you can use in her home to help reduce dark spots, age spots, and uneven skin tones. Watch The Video.
The Lyrids are Here

Meteor Shower Calendar 2020: When Is the Next Meteor Shower?
The next meteor shower is: The Eta Aquarids! Start looking for these shooting stars in early May. While they usually peak before dawn near May 4, it may be worth looking on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of May as the Moon is less likely to interfere. See details and the complete Meteor Shower Calendar for 2020.
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!
New! Simple Baking Recipes

10 Easy Baking Recipes With Minimal Ingredients
What better way to pass the time than to bake up a yummy treat? Here are 10 simple baking recipes. None requires a lot of ingredients. Plus, none has exotic ingredients like candied ginger or orange oil that are hard to find!
Support Your Local Farmers Tote Bag

This sturdy cotton canvas bag features The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792 logo on one side and the message “Support Your Local Farmers” on the other. Made in the USA. 
From the Almanac Archives

Mardon Me, Padam, But Do You Know Any Spoonerisms?
Ever meant to say one thing, but something else pops out of your mouth? Spoonerisms are sort of similar. Here’s curious story of how the word spoonerism was invented—and some fun with words.
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.