Growing peas, what is witch hazel?, ice safety

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, February 19, 2021

larch

The little birds twitter and cheep
To their loves on the leafless larch.

–John Addington Symonds, Jr. (1840–93)

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Peas
Peas
The sweet taste of glorious garden-grown peas is nothing like what you find in grocery stores; they are nature’s candy off the vine! Plant peas as soon as the ground can be worked—even if snow falls afterwards. See our tips on growing peas from sowing to harvest!
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Growing Perfect Peas

As early spring approaches, it is time to start planting your green peas. Whether you love snap peas or snow peas, here are some tips to help you grow the perfect pea.

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Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera
The aloe vera plant is an easy, attractive succulent that makes for a great indoor companion. Aloe vera plants are useful, too, as the juice from their leaves can be used to relieve pain from scrapes and burns when applied topically. Here’s how to grow and care for aloe vera plants...
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Powerwash For Your Insides

What if you could restore your gut health with one simple fix? According to one doctor in California there may be a way. In fact, he believes it’s so powerful that it could be like a “power wash” for your insides.

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Ice Thickness Safety Chart
Ice Thickness Safety Chart
How thick does ice have to be to drive a truck on it? Skate on? Go ice fishing? Before you go out, check our ice thickness chart to determine if it’s safe!
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Enjoy country wit and wisdom in the 2021 Country Calendar!

The charming 2021 Country Calendar gives you all the classic folklore you need for country living. Plus: large, eye-catching, full-color photographs depicting the joys of the country, including North America’s breathtaking landscapes and amazing animals on the farm or in the wild!

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Turkey Chili
Turkey Chili

There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than a bowl full of chili. Enjoy this hearty and healthy chili with ground turkey or ground chicken.

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Spring is almost here - time to start garden planning!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner is an easy-to-use online program that helps you plan your garden! Whether you want to create a garden for vegetables, a kitchen garden for herbs, or a beautiful flower garden, our Garden Planner will help you find the best layout for your space—plus provide all your planting and harvesting dates!

 

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Natural Ways to Prevent Colds and the Flu
Natural Ways to Prevent Colds and the Flu
How can we avoid colds and flu? Both—along with pneumonia, strep, chicken pox, and norovirus infections (“stomach flu”)—rise during winter months. Why are they more prevalent in winter? And how can we prevent a cold or flu naturally—before it starts? See our quick tips.
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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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Witch Hazel in the Garden
Witch Hazel in the Garden
Witch hazel’s yellow to orange-red flowers add a slash of color to drab winter landscapes. Learn more about this wonderfully hardy, fragrant plant—which also has therapeutic qualities. It tells us that spring is around the corner!
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