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When April blows his horn,
It’s good for hay and corn.
doesn’t love a free gift?
Fresh asparagus tips have long been a harbinger of
spring. Asparagus used to be the first sign that the reign of winter and its
root vegetables was over. Also look for fresh fiddlehead ferns and other spring
greens in your local supermarket.
Risotto with fresh asparagus and scallops.
Pasta with asparagus and fresh mushrooms.
Fiddleheads with garlic, shallots, and lemon juice.
Salad with an assortment of spring greens.
are the answers to last month’s two puzzles.
Geese and Weights
The man driving his geese to market had 65 geese.
65 + 32.5 + 2.5 = 100
The grocer’s 40-lb. weight must be cut into four
pieces weighing 1, 3, 9, and 27 lbs. By use of these, any number of pounds from
1 to 40 can be weighed.
For example, to weigh 25 lbs., the 27-lb. and the
1-lb. piece are put into one scale and the 3-lb. piece into the other.
With both answers correct, our three lucky winners
drawn at random are:
Jim T., Pinehurst,
Connie L., Leland, MS
You will each receive our new All-Seasons
Garden Guide in the mail.
April showers — with their promise of May flowers — and
the lengthening days gladden our hearts this month. It’s time to start planning
and planting your garden.
The time is now at hand for earnest work in
preparing the soil for planting most of the garden and field crops. You have, no
doubt, before this time decided just what crops to plant on each piece of land.
You would not think about planting your asparagus roots on your heavy soil, nor
of planting your corn on your light, sandy loam, which is best adapted to
–The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1903
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April 13 — Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday
Born in 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia, Jefferson was
the third president of the United States and the principal author of the
Declaration of Independence. He began his political career in 1769 in the
Virginia House of Burgesses (legislature). Forty years later, he retired as
president of the United States. He died on July 4, 1826, at Monticello, his home
in Virginia. Jefferson once said, “All my wishes end where I hope my days will
end — Monticello.” To celebrate his birthday, pay a visit to the country
home he designed.
April 21 — Patriots Day
The start of the American Revolution in 1775 is
celebrated today in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, by battle reenactments
at dawn. Learn more about the first shots fired on Lexington Green and “the shot
heard round the world” by visiting the Minute Man
National Park in Concord.
April 21 — The Boston Marathon
The annual running of the Boston Marathon (this
year, the 112th) takes place today. You may want to do your patriotic duty and
check out the official Web site of the Boston Marathon, sponsored by the Boston
A cold and moist April fills the cellar and fattens the cow.
Better April showers than the breadth of the ocean in gold.
In April, each drop counts for a thousand. –Spanish proverb
April rain is worth David’s chariot. –French proverb
Moist April, clear June.
A rainbow in spring indicates fair weather for the next 24 to 42 hours.
Expect rain if hens spread and ruffle their tail feathers.
Here are some planting tips according to the signs
of nature. The method is called phenology, derived from the Greek word “phaino,”
which means “to show” or “to appear.”
Plant peas, beets, and lettuce when the first leaves appear
on the lilac bush.
Plant corn, beans, and squash when the lilac blooms.
Plant cabbage when the dogwood is in full bloom or when
apple blossoms bud.
Plant corn when oak leaves are the size of a mouse’s ear or
elm leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear.
Set out tomato transplants when the first ladybugs appear.
our podcast for April. Learn about native plants and natural landscaping.
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