Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Old Farmer's Almanac - Terrific tomato tips, freezing berries, dill

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June 22, 2017


forest in summer
Then flash the wings returning summer calls
Through the deep arches of her forest halls
–Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935)

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Harvesting Dill

Dill is an annual, self-seeding plant with feathery green leaves. It is used most commonly in soups and stews and for pickling. Dill weed is easy to grow and attracts beneficial insects such as wasps and other predatory insects to your garden.

Moon Shiners Sun-Powered Mason Jar Lids | SAVE 55%

Light up your walkway, driveway, or patio. Display your favorite treasures with illumination.

Terrific Tomato Tips

Tomatoes are the ultimate backyard vegetable, and growing tomatoes is easier than you might think. These tips on how to grow tomatoes should help you to take care of your most delicious plants.

Almanac Slanted Kitchen Basket | SAVE 13%

Here’s a new slant on basket design that works well for people with limited counter space. Stack potatoes and onions high for maximum storage, but enjoy easy access. Many fill the Slanted Basket with fancy gourds for a seasonal display. Others use it to hold hand towels. 

Weather Wit and Humor

Sometimes, kids say the wisest things. Here are some of their thoughts on weather, plus a few of the worst ways to start a book and a bit of 19th-century nonsense.

Lemon Basil Serveware Bowl | SAVE 14%

Beautiful melamine serveware that’s as stylish and substantial as porcelain—but much easier to care for. Matching bowls, platters, and utensils available. 

What's Really in Your Air?

When we look up into the sky, we’re looking through dozens of miles of transparent gases, which we breathe from birth to death. So what is the composition of air, exactly?

Farm Boy Pail Set | SAVE 24%

Jack and Jill raced up the hill for these decorative pails! Use this pail set for holding floral arrangements or as accent decorations.

Freezing Blueberries

Frozen berries are a tasty snack and a great method of fruit preservation. Whether you grow blueberries yourself, pick them, or find them at the market, try freezing blueberries (a super-nutritious and easy-to-grow fruit) for year-round enjoyment. Here’s how to freeze blueberries the right way!

Almanac Harvest Pickler Kit | SAVE 18%

Take the worry out of the pickling process by making “quickles” instead. Turn your harvest into a gourmet side dish or scrumptious any-time-of-day snack that is ready within hours instead of months. The Harvest Pickler Kit gives you step-by-step instructions and all of the spices necessary to turn your bounty into a crowd-pleaser that will have your family and friends begging for more!

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