Growing cucumbers, how to make compost, May weather lore

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, May 4, 2020


May come up with fiddle-bows,
May come up with blossom,
May come up the same again.
The same again but different
–Louis MacNeice (1907-63)

Almanac Garden Guide
Growing Cucumbers

An easy-care vegetable that loves sun and water, cucumbers grow quickly as long as they receive consistent watering and warmth. Most varieties will grow in any amount of space, thanks to the plant’s ability to climb. Of course, these prolific veggies are perfect for pickling!


Shocking Report: #1 Cause of Weight Gain is Weedkiller

Has your health been declining since 1996? Here’s why…
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How to Make Compost

The Perfect Compost Recipe | How to Get Your Compost Heap Cooking!
Here’s how to make your own compost—the very best food that you can give to your plants. Making really great compost requires the right mix of ingredients. This video and article provides instructions on how to mix greens and browns with air and moisture to make better compost and to make composting faster.
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!
May Weather Lore

Weather Lore for May
Some people rely more on weather lore than the weatherman. Here are some of our favorite weather adages for May, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Do any ring true for you?
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.
Easy, Yummy Sandwich Ideas

10 Great Sandwich Recipes
Our all-time favorite sandwiches will brighten up your lunch with flavorful ingredients. This year, we’ve added several new sandwich recipes which are both easy-to-make and satisfying—including our Vermont Farm Sandwich (are you brave enough?), melty Grilled Cheese, and Turkey Green Apple Panini. Take a look!
Solar-Powered Thermometer Flowers

Day or night, add interest and height to a flowerbed. Each stake is 4 feet tall and features a large thermometer at the center of a bright, iridescent flower. At night, bright solar LED lights turn on automatically and illuminate the thermometer’s face for easy reading.
May is for Fiddleheads

Ferns, Folklore, and Fiddleheads
It’s time for fiddlehead season again! Harvesting the young tips of the ostrich fern is a May tradition that has its roots in Native American times. Discover fiddleheads and the ancient family of ferns—which lived BEFORE dinosaurs walked the Earth! Discover the fascinating world of ferns, their healing powers, and more about fiddleheadin’.
Iron Pig Doorstop

Makes a nice doorstop or decoration. Measures 4 inches by 8 inches.