Summer Connect – Almanac This and That

The Farmer’s Almanac is one of my favorite places to go to find bits of info about gardening, cooking and life in general. Today, I’m sharing some of the favorite sayings appearing in issues of the Almanac’s engagement calendar for June. (


  • To prevent spreading plant diseases, don’t work in the garden when it is wet.

  • To keep slugs away from seedlings sprinkle hair clippings around the plants.

  • If you have aphids in your garden, use aluminum foil as mulch. The reflection will drive the pests away.

  • Sprinkle dried sulfur around the garden’s edge to keep out rabbits.

In the Kitchen

  • To help prevent stomachaches, add ginger to meals.

  • Freeze grapes in plastic bags. Use them as “ice cubes” to chill wine or punch.

  • Shredded broccoli stems are a great addition to summer coleslaw.

  • Pears are an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering fiber.

Luck – Myth or Reality?

  • If a spider crawls on a bride’s gown during her wedding, she can expect good luck.

  • For good luck, throw a used horseshoe over your left shoulder.

  • For good luck, always put on your right shoe before your left.


  • Hawaii is the only U.S. State in which coffee is grown.

  • Sunshine – in moderation – is a mood enhancer and boosts immunity.

  • The oak is America’s national tree.
Quote for the day: “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher (106-43 B.C.)

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