Growing gladiolus, fiddleheads, Mars after sunset

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, April 15, 2021

blackbird
Again the blackbirds sing; the streams
Wake, laughing, from their winter dreams,
And tremble in the April showers
The tassels of the maple flowers
.
–John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92)

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Zoysia Grass

 
Gladiolus
Gladiolus
Gladiolus is a classic perennial known for its tall flower spikes and large, colorful blooms. Great cutting flowers, gladioli look spectacular in summer bouquets. Here’s how to grow gladioli in your garden.
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Earth Day Essentials Giveaway

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has teamed up with If You Care to give one lucky winner a basket full of products ranging from baking sheets to pie pans and everything in between. Enter to win!

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Best Heirloom Vegetables and Fruit to Grow
Best Heirloom Vegetables and Fruit to Grow
Heirlooms are the unique, flavorful varieties of vegetables and fruit that have been around for at least 50 years (before commercial hybrids came along). Learn the many benefits of including heirlooms in the garden—from spring through fall—and some of our favorite varieties!
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If Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Everyday)

If you have noticed your dog having lower energy, redness inside the ears, bad breath, or their poop smells very bad then these could be warning signs of something serious.   Click here to find out right now if your dog is affected.

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How Insects Predict the Weather
How Insects Predict the Weather
Can insects predict the weather? Next time you see an insect, spider, or other “creepy-crawly,” check out what it’s doing! It could let you know something about the upcoming weather. Here’s some of the more well-known weather folklore about insects and weather!
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How can I keep the bugs away this summer?

This handy, all-natural insect repellent keeps away ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, blackflies, yellow flies, chiggers, and other pesky, biting bugs!

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Night Sky for April 2021
Night Sky for April 2021
Here’s the April 2021 guide to the night sky! Earth Day brings a meteor shower and the month ends with the first of two Supermoons this year! Bob Berman tells us what’s up in the sky this month with helpful viewing tips.
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Get a fun game going with these beautiful cards!

Beautiful vintage French illustrations! This standard deck of playing cards features lovely vegetables on each card. Explore more fun card decks!

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Strawberry and Spinach Salad
Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Elsie always has a carafe of strawberry vinegar on her counter, ready for action.

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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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Ferns, Folklore, and Fiddleheads
Ferns, Folklore, and Fiddleheads
I find ferns and fiddleheads fascinating (say that five times!). Harvesting the young tips of the ostrich fern is a spring tradition that has its roots in Native American times. As a family, ferns are truly ancient—growing BEFORE dinosaurs walked the Earth! Learn more about magical fern folklore,...
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