Who "invented" Father's Day?, 4 bug sprays, using fertilizer

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, June 17, 2020


I meant to do my work today—
But a brown bird sang in the apple-tree
And a butterfly flitted across the field, 
And all the leaves were calling me.

–Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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Who Started Father's Day?

Father's Day 2020
Father’s Day 2020 is celebrated this Sunday, June 21. Ever wondered how Father’s Day came to be? It’s more than a Hallmark holiday. Father’s Day was first celebrated after the worst mining accident in U.S. history. Learn all about Father’s Day—including fun ideas, quotes, and recipes to celebrate the role of fathers in our lives.


Balcony Gardening

Make the most of your outdoor living space, no matter where you live! Balcony gardens are a satisfying way to bring nature, literally, to your door.

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.


Top U.S. Vet Reveals: The Worst Dog Food You Can Buy

Are you harming your dog by feeding them the wrong food? There are 3 dangerous ingredients that no dog should ever eat, and if you are giving them to your dog then you might be slowly harming it.

Cucumber-Mint Dressing

Cucumber-Mint Salad Dressing

This refreshing recipe for Cucumber-Mint Salad Dressing is best when made in a food processor. Serve it over chilled romaine and cherry tomatoes or with cut up veggies.

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.

Cucumber's Many Benefits

Cucumbers: Health Benefits
How healthy are cucumbers? Cucumbers are much more versatile than you might think, so here are tips for cooking with cucumbers, a few cucumber health benefits, and easy natural remedies with cucumbers.
My Local Almanac

My Local Almanac is a special Old Farmer’s Almanac digital product that customizes astronomical timetables for your specific location and time zone in the U.S. or Canada. Delivered as a PDF file.

Natural Insect Repellents

Homemade Bug Spray Recipes
Yes, there are natural insect repellents that work. Here are four all-natural homemade bug sprays that can kick those pesky insects to the curb. If you don’t like the idea of spraying too many chemicals on yourself or your children, these recipes take seconds to mix up and really work for everyday sprays.  
Puzzles & Pleasantries - eBook

The most original puzzle book in years, with more than 250 mind-boggling puzzles on 96 pages that will put you to the test: rebuses, syncopations, ellipses, charades, riddles, enigmas, conundrums, acrostics, metagrams, anagrams, epigrams, logogriphs, logic puzzles, and much more! Delivered as PDF download.