Fruit flies, Midsummer Eve, starting a balcony garden

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, June 23, 2020


Light and wind are running
over the headed grass
as though the hill had
melted and now flowed.

–Wendell Berry (b. 1934)

Jung Seed


Get Rid of Fruit Flies

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
In the kitchen, a fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid of fruit flies, including how to make your own fruit fly trap!


Have a boat or a cabin and need a place to go?

Problem solved with an electric incinerating toilet. INCINOLET is clean, quiet, and best of all - simple!

Sandwiches That Aren't Boring

10 Great Sandwich Recipes
Our all-time favorite sandwiches will brighten up your lunch with flavorful ingredients. This year, we’ve added several new sandwich recipes which are both easy-to-make and satisfying—including our Vermont Farm Sandwich (are you brave enough?), melty Grilled Cheese, and Turkey Green Apple Panini. Take a look!


Warning: Never Feed Your Cat THIS

Is your cat trying to tell you something?” According to top veterinarian Dr. Gary Richter, many cats are at risk of serious health issues… but their owners may be missing the warning signs. “It’s an epidemic. 1 out of 3 cats over ten years old will get cancer,” says Dr. Richter. “Even young kittens are at risk. And it’s pretty much all due to one thing: Food.

10 Tips for a Balcony Garden

10 Tips for Starting a Balcony Garden
How do you start a garden in an apartment or condo? If you have access to a balcony, rooftop, terrace, or patio, you can grow a wide range of veggies, herbs, perennials, flowers, and vines in containers.
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.

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Veggies in Hanging Baskets

How to Grow Vegetables in Hanging Baskets
Many vegetables are suitable for growing in hanging baskets. Here’s how to plant your own hanging basket—with edibles!
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.

Midsummer Eve and Day

Midsummer Day 2020: Why (and How) is Midsummer Celebrated?
Are you familiar with Midsummer Day (traditionally June 24)? Here’s why it is called “Midsummer,” plus fun traditions and ways to celebrate Midsummer Day—and Midsummer Eve! Plus, we’ll explain why it’s called “midsummer” when it’s so near the first day of summer (the solstice).
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.