Strawberry runners, applying fertilizer, how insects predict weather

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, May 13, 2020


May changes moods just like a baby:
Someone should have named it "Maybe."
–The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1996

Almanac Garden Guide
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Strawberries From Runners

How to Grow Strawberries From Runners
Ah, the juiciness and aroma of home-grown strawberries is beyond compare. Notice how the plants send out runners over the soil surface?  We can use these to quickly raise new plants for an even bigger harvest! Read our article (with video demo) for steps on growing new strawberry plants from runners.


Texture is Tops!

Color and shape play an important role in garden design, but we often forget how texture can add interest and impact to any space - large or small. Learn how you can introduce texture to your garden from these 10 how-to photos.
How to Apply Fertilizer

How to Apply Fertilizers to Your Garden
We apply fertilizer to make our plants grow better. But when do we apply fertilizer? And how do we apply fertilizer to the garden? In one page, we’ll cover the basics of using fertilizer in your garden.


Randy Jackson: "This Drink Is Like A Powerwash For Your Gut"

  “Former Idol star was suffering from digestive discomfort, fatigue, and more serious health issues. That has all changed…He lost weight, feels great, and it was all without some crazy diet or strenuous exercise program. Watch how he did it here >>
Can Insects Predict Weather?

How Insects Predict the Weather
Next time you see an insect, spider, or other “creepy-crawly,” check out what it’s doing! It could let you know something about the upcoming weather. Check out our weather proverbs and folklore about insects and other creatures.
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!
Moist Rhubarb Cake

Rhubarb Coffee Cake

What better way to start the morning than with a steaming mug of coffee and a generous piece of tangy rhubarb coffee cake with cinnamon-sugar topping?

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.
Raising Ducks for Eggs

Raising Ducks for Eggs
Ever thought about raising ducks for eggs in your backyard? Why raise ducks instead of (or, in addition to) chickens? Here are some reasons to consider.