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When April blows his horn,
It’s good for hay and corn.

–Almanac proverb

In this issue, you’ll find information on these topics:


Jefferson’s Birthday


Boston Marathon




Tips From 1903

of Nature

Nature Intended” Podcast



Spring Pasta




and Weights

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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.

with fresh asparagus and scallops.

Quick Spring
with asparagus and fresh mushrooms.

with garlic, shallots, and lemon juice.

with an assortment of spring greens.

To find more recipes, go to our special Spring
, search our Recipe
, or visit our Neighborly
Recipe Exchange Forum

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.

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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
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
Athletic Association


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.

To find out if there will be an April shower or
some drizzle at your location, go to the Almanac’s 7-day or

of Nature

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.

Nature Intended

Listen to
our podcast for April. Learn about native plants and natural landscaping.

If you have a gardening question, visit our Gardening
or search our Gardening

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