The tonic of gardening, May flowers, planets visible tonight

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Daily Newsletter for Saturday, May 2, 2020


Whoever makes a garden
Has never worked alone;
the rain has always found it,
The sun has always known
–Douglas Malloch (1877-1938)

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The Tonic of Gardening

Stay Calm and Plant Something
One of the most hopeful things we can do in troubled times is to plant a garden. Planting a seed is an act of faith that tomorrow will come. In Hindi the word for seed is “bija,” which means “containment of life.” Each seed contains an embryo and a starchy food supply—everything needed to make a new plant. Seeds are proof that life goes on. 


Best Natural Fertilizer On Earth!

Chicken Soup for the Soil® is 100% toxin free and includes all the elements in the periodic table. Higher quality fruits and vegetables. Will not wash out of soil.
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Why We Love Gardening

Gardening for Health in Coronavirus Quarantine
These are trying times for sure, but it’s not all doom and gloom, and there are even positives to be found in an enforced stay at home. For gardeners, this has been a golden opportunity to get into the garden and crack on with some much-needed horticultural therapy. Our gardens are never going to look better! So here are a few ideas to help you and your garden shine during the lockdown.


When you’re tired of the flowers in your container dying

Don’t despair! Meet the simple solution: the Flower Carpet rose. Plunk this beauty into a container and it will last for years! See 6 colorful photos illustrating how easily Flower Carpet works in containers. Never get container-envy again.
Planets Visible in May

Night Sky for May 2020
Here’s the May 2020 guide to the night sky! During this month, all 5 bright planets are visible—two visible in the evening and three in the pre-dawn darkness. See Bob Berman’s viewing tips to enjoy the night wonders!
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.
May's Birthstone

May Birthstone: What is the Birthstone for May?
The May birthstone, the emerald, was a favorite gem of Cleopatra and Catherine the Great. It has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love. 
Iron Pig Doorstop

Makes a nice doorstop or decoration. Measures 4 inches by 8 inches.
Birth Flowers for May

May Birth Flowers
The sweet flowers of May embody the hopes and dreams of those who give them.  
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!