Beneficial bugs, when the Moon rises, freezing herbs

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, July 16, 2020


How sweet to move at summer's eve
By Clyde's meandering stream,
When Sol in joy is seen to leave
The earth with crimson beam;
When islands that wandered far
Above his sea couch lie,
And here and there some gem-like star
Re-opes its sparkling eye.

–Andrew Park (1807–63)

Thursday, July 16, 2020
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Almanac Gardening Club
Beneficial Bugs

Beneficial Insects in the Garden
Some bugs are good for the garden! Here’s a list of some of the best beneficial insects to have in your gardening space, with pictures and tips for attracting them.


This Is What A Single Diet Soda Drink Does

If you consume soda or know anyone who does, then this is affecting you directly. For years, Big Soda companies have been handing out millions of dollars in an attempt to prove that their drinks are safe. It turns out there are THREE OTHER DANGEROUS FOODS that are being marketed as “health foods.” These foods may be harming you from the inside, and they could be the reason why you are not losing weight, no matter what you have tried. So please watch this shocking presentation before it’s too late…

Freezing and Drying Herbs

How to Freeze and Dry Herbs
Although I grow many herbs fresh in pots and in my greenhouse for year-round use, I also preserve herbs when I have an abundant supply. It’s fun and not all that time-consuming. Here are several ways to freeze herbs and dry herbs for cooking and healing.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Best Value Club

2021 Pre-Sale Now Open!

Introducing The Old Farmer’s Almanac Best Value Club—Become a Charter Member Today and Save 57%! 

Watering Cans and Can'ts

Watering Cans and Can’ts
Plants may not need 8 glasses of water each day, but they appreciate a drink on a fairly regular basis. Learn how best to give them their required dosage of H2O so that they are as fit as a fiddlehead.
Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook by The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Gardeners love it so much, we had to print more! Created for new gardeners, green thumbs, and old hands alike, The Old Farmer’s Almanac Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook is loaded with advice and inspiration to help plants—and growers—thrive.

When the Moon is Visible

When Will the Moon Rise Tonight?
What is tonight’s moonrise time? Find out how to calculate when the Moon will rise tonight. Also, why is the new Moon invisible and why can we sometimes see the Moon during the day? Find out the answers to these questions.
2021 Calendars

SHIPPING SOON! Choose from our Gardening, Weather Watcher’s, Moon, Country, Everyday, and Engagement calendars.

Ice Cream Cookies!

Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Up your ice cream game with our homemade Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches!

The Almanac Garden Hod

Harvest and wash fruit and vegetables easily. Plus, enjoy hundreds of other uses! Each hod has the Almanac Sun logo burned into one side with a fire-heated branding iron.