Growing cucumbers, how to make compost, May weather lore

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Monday, May 4, 2020

blossom

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)

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Almanac Garden Guide
 
Cucumbers
Cucumbers
An easy-care vegetable that loves sun and water, cucumbers grow quickly as long as they receive consistent watering and warmth. Don’t let cucumbers get too large before you pick or they will taste bitter! See how to grow and harvest cucumbers.
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Shocking Report: #1 Cause of Weight Gain is Weedkiller

Has your health been declining since 1996? Here’s why…

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The Perfect Compost Recipe | How to Get Your Compost Heap Cooking!
The Perfect Compost Recipe | How to Get Your Compost Heap Cooking!
If you don’t have a compost pile, fall is great time to start one. Turn dead and dying foliage, weeds, and kitchen waste into a nutrient-rich material that will enrich your soil and nourish your plants for super-healthy growth. Compost is the very best food that you can give to your plants. Here’s...
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What's the best book for kids who are always bored?

Keep youngsters entertained for hours with fun facts, fascinating stories, and educational activities in The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Vol. 8! Whether your kiddos are reading on their own or you’re reading with them, The Almanac for Kids provides plenty of intriguing stories for anyone who’s a kid at heart!

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Weather Lore for May
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?
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Vern Ader's Weed Spinner

Finally, it’s fun and easy to weed!  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. Weeds don’t stand a chance!

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10 Great Sandwich Recipes
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....
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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.

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Ferns, Folklore, and Fiddleheads
Ferns, Folklore, and Fiddleheads
I find ferns and fiddleheads fascinating (say that five times!). Harvesting the young tips of the ostrich fern is a spring tradition that has its roots in Native American times. As a family, ferns are truly ancient—growing BEFORE dinosaurs walked the Earth! Learn more about magical fern folklore,...
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Iron Pig Doorstop

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

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