Divine irises, calming herbs, closest black hole discovered

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, May 18, 2020


My lilac trees are old and tall;
I cannot reach their bloom at all.
They send their perfume over trees
And roofs and streets, to find the bees
–Louise Driscoll (1875–1957)

The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner
Growing Irises

The tall, beautiful iris, named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows, comes in many magical colors. Despite its divine origins, this June bloomer is rugged, reliable, and easy to grow. Learn all about planting, growing, and caring for iris flowers. 


How To: Get Rid Of Deep Fat From Your Belly

Millions of Americans suffer from deep fat. Researchers have now found out the reason why. It turns out there is a master switch that controls when the cells turn into energy and when they turn into fat. Learn how to flip the master switch right now
Herbal Stress Relievers

Planting Calming Herbs for You and Your Garden
We are living in uncertain times that can cause even the calmest person to experience some anxiety. Since I tend to be anxious even on a good day, I am always looking for natural ways to soothe my nerves. Many of modern society’s tried-and-true drugs have come from Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet, so let’s come back down to earth and see what calming herbs we can grow.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

Keeps avid weather watchers engaged and entertained day after day for up to 4 years! 
Closest Black Hole Discovered

Closest Black Hole to Earth Discovered
“Closest black hole” is the astro-news this past week. And let’s briefly explore it, just so you know the real story behind this scary-sounding object. Because black holes are headline-grabbers and objects of public fascination, but the truth about them is more fascinating than the hype.
Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook eBook

All You Need to Know to Grow! After inspiring and instructing gardeners for 227 years, we have created a single “how to garden” reference eBook for your computer or tablet that includes all of our expertise.
Looking Ahead: Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2020
Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, 2020. Learn all about Memorial Day, including the true meaning of this day, how it differs from Veterans Day, and why the red poppy is a traditional symbol—with unexpected origins. 
Refrigerator Notepads

Perfect for recording grocery needs or tasks. Each pad features a positive message and a magnet for hanging up in a handy spot.
New! Classic Potato Salad

American-Style Potato Salad

Our version of the picnic classic, this American-Style Potato Salad has a light and fresh taste and takes little time to prepare!

Readers’ Best Recipes and the Stories Behind Them

Get the recipes that folks rave about! We invited Almanac readers to share their best recipes—the favorites served at family gatherings, potlucks, parties, and supper tables. You’ll love the heartwarming, humorous, and true stories that these cooks tell, too!
5 Healthy Hair Treatments

5 Natural Treatments for Healthy Hair
To care for your hair, forget those so-called miracle salon products. Here are 10 common-sense hair care tips plus five “old-fashioned” treatments for healthy hair, proven through generations. Many ingredients are right in your pantry!