Sunflowers, dreaming in stressful times, frijoles!

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, May 5, 2020


In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook.

–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82)

The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner
Growing Sunflowers

Sunflowers say “summer” like no other plant. When do we plant these North American natives? How long do sunflowers take to grow? When do sunflowers bloom? We’ll answer these questions in our Sunflower Growing Guide—covering everything from planting to cutting flowers to harvesting seeds!


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
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Fun Garden Activities!

Fun Garden Activities for Kids
Are you looking for some ideas to keep the kids busy and maybe teach them a bit of science while you’re at it? Well, the Great Outdoors can keep them amused and outdoors is the perfect classroom to feed their hungry minds. Here, then, are fun ideas to keep children happy, healthy, and educated using your garden or whatever outside space you have…


Heart Surgeon: Throw Out Your Olive Oil Now (Here’s Why)

Did you know that buying the wrong olive oil could be putting you and your family’s health at risk? Several brands  are made up of artificial ingredients that can lead to dry skin, achy muscles and joints, weight gain, and even heart problems.  Learn More….
Easy Frijoles!

Frijoles (Mexican Beans)

This recipe for Frijoles is simple and tastes much better than your average Mexican beans.

Farmhouse Couch Pillows

Choose from many different designs. Perfect for a country-themed home.
Bad Dreams in Stressful Times

Quarantine Dreams—or Nightmares? Tips for Restful Sleep.
How is your dreamworld? After being quarantined at home for a few weeks, some folks have been reporting “quarantine dreams” and nightmares. What are nightmares, anyway? Let’s check in with our “night life” and 10 tips for a restful night’s sleep.
Dragonfly Sundial

Made out of cast iron and measures 10 inches across!
May's Horoscope by Celeste

Monthly Horoscope for May 2020
Here’s your monthly horoscope for May 2020. This month brings Pluto’s return and the best days to plant crops by the Moon! Find out more from Almanac astrologer Celeste Longacre, who provides at-a-glance predictions for all 12 zodiac signs.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

Keeps avid weather watchers engaged and entertained day after day for up to 4 years!