May Day, sowing carrots, whippoorwills, dandelion wine

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Thursday, April 30, 2020


O day! O day!
You lift and sway your colors on the sky
Till I am crushed with beauty

–Marion Strobel (1895–1967)

Almanac Garden Guide
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How to Sow Carrots

How to Grow Carrots in the Garden
See how to grow crunchy, sweet carrots! Getting carrots just right can be challenging, but when you know how, it’s easy.


Warning: Never Feed Your Cat THIS

Is your cat trying to tell you something? According to Dr. Gary Richter, one of the top veterinarians in the world, many cats are at risk of serious health issues… but their owners may be missing the warning signs.
Best Days by the Moon

Gardening by the Moon
Gardening by the Moon is a great way to plan your garden. Many of our readers follow the age-old practice of planting by the Moon’s phase for a healthier, more productive garden.
TODAY @ 3PM ET Hydroponics: How to Create Your Own Indoor Garden

Join The Old Farmer’s Almanac for an interactive, online webinar that demystifies the technique of hydroponic gardening indoors.  Gardening is for everyone; it doesn’t matter if you’re a city mouse or a country mouse. Growing hydroponically is a great way to create an indoor garden with limited space and a limited budget. Imagine fresh salad, right at your fingertips – year-round!
Ideas to Celebrate May Day

May Day 2020: What is May Day?
May Day (May 1) is a holiday rich in history and folklore, celebrating the return of spring! As a child, we remember our grandparents leaving delightful little May Day baskets, as well as the fun tradition of dancing around the maypole at school. Learn more about May Day and 10 ways to “bring in the May.”
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. 
Pink Dandelion Wine

Pink Dandelion Wine

Taste the “spirit” of spring using common dandelions. Dandelion Wine is known for its unique and tangy flavor.

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. 
All About Whippoorwills

When the Whippoorwill Calls
Does the whippoorwill suck goat’s milk? Does it foretell death, marriage, or woe? Can your aching back be cured by its call? Few birds have spun such a crazed web of mythology and myth-information. At the heart of this confusion and misdirection is a medium-size bird called the whippoorwill.
Solar-Powered Decorative Lighting

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA! By day, these are an artful addition to the garden. By night, they impress with a stunning display of color and light. Check out our large selection.