Monday, May 22, 2017

The Old Farmer's Almanac - To Mulch or not to Mulch? (or, too mulch monkey business for me!)

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May 16, 2017


When elm leaves are as big as a shilling,
Plant kidney beans, if to plant 'em you're willing;
When elm leaves are as big as a penny,
You must plant kidney beans, if you mean to have any

To Mulch or Not to Mulch

Mulching is a common gardening practice done for a number of good reasons.

The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 7

The Almanac for Kids series is a treasure trove of fun facts, creative activities, and great ideas that will keep kids of all ages loving learning the whole year through. Winner in five categories in the International Book Awards! Volume 7 is not available in stores until June 13, 2017 but it’s SHIPPING NOW from our online store.  

Lovely Lilacs

Who doesn’t love lilacs? The ideal lilac shrub has about 10 canes and produces flowers at eye-level—all the better to enjoy that sweet, haunting fragrance.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook

FREE 2017 ALMANAC GARDEN GUIDE with every order while supplies last! The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook will become your personal gardening bible. This durable, heavy-duty (weighs more than 1.5 lbs.!), perpetual calendar-journal has a waterproof cover and is usable year after year after year. Record what you planted, when your flowers bloom, what plants you want to move for better health or to complement others, and your ideas for new flower beds and changes.  

Growing Radishes

Radishes are a hardy, cool-season vegetable that can produce many crops each season due to its rapid days to maturity.

Vegetable Kingdom Chip and Dip Serving Tray

Our colorful tray is a dazzling way to present chips and dip, but also crackers and cheese spread, vegetables and hummus, or fruit and chocolate sauce. This tray looks substantial, but is dishwasher safe melamine for easy care. 

Getting Rid of Aphids

What are those white bugs on your plants? They’re probably aphids! Here are our best tips on how to identify and control aphids in the garden.

Solar Iris Stake

By day, these beautifully detailed 39-inch-tall Solar Light Iris Stakes are an artful addition to the garden. By night, they impress with a stunning display of color and light. The solar-powered light is housed inside a crackle glass ball in the center of the flower. A decorative way to light up your pathway, garden bed, or any outdoor area.

Spring Cleaning Tips

When it comes to spring-cleaning or any kind of housecleaning, I use six admirably versatile array of natural cleaning products: vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, salt, borax, wood ash.

Rabbit Planter

Add charm with this classically posed Rabbit Planter. Cast using a magnesium oxide formula that makes this planter durable and lightweight. The detailed features and hand-painted stone-color finish make this piece a wonderful addition to patios or indoor decor.

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