Staying ahead of pests, Mercury retrograde, ground covers

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, June 18, 2020


Roses smile in their white content,
Roses blush in their crimson bliss,
As the vagrant breezes, wooing them,

Ruffle their petals with careless kiss.
–Rupert Brooke (1887–1915)

The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner
Ground Covers

Best Ground Cover Plants
A baffling problem for many gardeners is what to grow in hot, dry, or gravelly areas that are too inhospitable for grass and most ground cover plants. Fortunately, there are some durable ground cover plants that will thrive under these rigorous conditions. Here are some ground covers to help with troublesome spots.


Best Natural, Nutrient-Rich Fertilizer in the World!

Chicken Soup for the Soil® is 100% toxin free and includes all the elements in the periodic table.

Staying Ahead of Pests

Staying Ahead of Garden Pests
Normally I don’t go looking for trouble, but it is the best way to head off potential problems in the garden. Keep your eyes open when you are weeding and you may be surprised by the kinds of pests you find. Look for telltale signs of common garden pests like holes in leaves, egg masses, and webs.


This Is What A Single Diet Soda Drink Does

If you consume soda, then this is affecting you directly. But beyond just soda there are THREE OTHER DANGEROUS FOODS “health foods” that could be the reason why you are not losing weight. So please watch this shocking presentation before it’s too late…

Painting Garden Pots

Painting Pots: The Sponge Technique
Sponge painting (yes, you just use a sponge) allows any gardener to transform simple orange terra-cotta pots—giving a unique, charming look to your patio or deck. Here’s how to it!
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.

Mercury Retrograde Begins

Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2020
Mercury’s next period of retrograde motion lasts from June 18 to July 12, 2020! According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde.
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.

Easy Hobo Packs

Potato Hobo Packs

Potato Hobo Packs are great for camping and just a fun way to cook (with little clean-up!).

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.