Growing pears, love in the heavens, bake a king cake

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Daily Newsletter for Saturday, February 13, 2021

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Serene will be our days and bright,
And happy will our nature be,
When love is an unerring light,
And joy its own security.
–William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

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Almanac Garden Guide
 
Pears
Pears

Biting into a juicy pear is one of life’s joys. Growing pears is generally easier than growing apples, as they have less pest and disease issues. They are easy to fit into small yard spaces, too! Learn more about planting pear trees in your backyard.
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A true Gardening 101! Let us walk you through the basics of garden planning, from choosing the right location to selecting the best vegetable varieties for your space. Learn how to grow your best garden yet from the experts at The Old Farmer’s Almanac! 

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Love in the Heavens
Love in the Heavens

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us wonder: what’s the most romantic gift for one’s sweetheart? Chocolates? A candlelight dinner? Excellent choices—but for a nightcap, Bob Berman invites us to look to love in the heavens—and the legends inspired by the stars and Moon! See Bob’s latest post.
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The 2021 Garden Guide has arrived!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide features helpful articles on all types of gardening and landscape maintenance, including newest trends, general information, and advice from experts on best methods for growing vegetables, flowers, fruits, lawns, shrubs, and much more!

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King Cake
King Cake

Bake a King Cake for Mardi Gras (Tuesday, February 16)! King Cakes are a frosted sweet bread—a delicious cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry—with a hidden bean or tiny plastic baby baked inside. Try our editor’s King Cake recipe—and learn the story behind this tradition.

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How can I gather fruits and veggies easily?

Born of pure ingenuity, The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Hod reflects the very best of farmers’ long tradition of functional art, craftsmanship, and utility. Fill your Garden Hod with your scrumptious harvest and easily wash your fruits and veggies!

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A Kiss Is Just a Kiss...or Is It?
A Kiss Is Just a Kiss...or Is It?

Throughout history, the kiss has been used to express a range of emotions. What makes a pucker so powerful? The Old Farmer’s Almanac shares some lip lore from around the world that may answer that question!
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The Gift of Gardening is a lovely illustrated book filled with inspirational quotes and interesting facts harvested from The Old Farmer‘s Almanac. It is the perfect gift for the garden enthusiast!

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A Little Chocolate for Health? Maybe.
A Little Chocolate for Health? Maybe.

The good news is never quite as good as you wish. However, recent research suggests that eating a little chocolate a few times a week may deliver a cascade of health benefits.
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What's the best way to get rid of weeds in my garden?

Vern Ader’s Weed Spinner is an innovative drill-driven weed removal tool that spins out weeds and their roots in one whirling motion. It’s essentially a long sturdy drill bit for your drill (drill not included). There’s no kneeling, bending, or getting your hands dirty. Weeds don’t stand a chance!

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