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June 21, 2017

Get the weather forecast for 4th of July 2017 from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. We’ll tell you what kind of thunderous celebrations could be in store—so you’re in the know when it comes to parades, BBQs, and fireworks!  Fourth of July, Fireworks Sky As is typically the case for July, Mother Nature has planned a few fireworks of her own to celebrate America’s Independence Day. For many regions in North America, there will be scattered thunderstorms during the weekend prior to July 4th or on the... more

June 8, 2017

Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day? Fishing, having a barbeque or picnic, and going camping are all dad-worthy activities. Fishing Tips When better to go fishing than on Father’s Day?  Check our fishing tackle box list so you’re all set! And be sure to look at these handy fishing tips before you and your dad head out! Once you’ve caught some fish, here’s how to cook them up for the family. Father’s Day Recipes This leads to our next idea, a cookout! After a day of fishing, make... more

May 15, 2017

Backyard poultry farmers know the joys of raising chickens and gathering eggs, but do they know that training chickens can be faster than training dogs? We looked back at the article “How to Teach Old Chickens New Tricks” in The 2006 Old Farmer’s Almanac for tips on how to train your chickens. How to Train Chickens: Training Chickens to Come When Called This page will focus on just one trick, but perhaps the most important one: how to make your chicken come when called. Our blogger Celeste will... more

May 11, 2017

What should you do in case of a power outage? Here’s some advice on preparing for and enduring any emergency outage. The best way to get through a power outage is to avoid it altogether. Investing in a home generator can save you a lot of time and stress during emergency outages, as it can keep your heat and light running when you really need it. If you can’t get a generator, here are some more power outage survival tips: How to Have Light in a Power Outage Attach a strip of glow-in-the-dark... more

March 7, 2017

Tired of weeding your garden? Then don’t! Change the way you think about weeds.  A weed after all is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Why We Need Weeds 1. Weeds tell a lot about your soil. Weeds help you to assess current soil conditions. As you survey your soil, remember that you can learn a lot more from a variety of weeds growing together in one area than from a single species. For example, if you have dock, horsetail, bracken fern, nettle, daisies, or Virginia creeper,... more

February 21, 2017

Here are tips to learn how to predict a frost, differentiate between a light frost and a hard freeze, and protect your garden from frost. If you’re a gardener who lives with frost, it’s important to get your vegetables harvested in time. Here are tips on how to predict the arrival of Jack Frost. See average frost dates for your area. Click here for the U.S. Frost Chart and for the Canadian Frost Chart. Or, find out the frost dates using your zip code. Keep in mind that frost can vary greatly by... more

February 2, 2017

Are you ready to break out some delicious dips and chips? Scoop up classic guacamole, nacho cheese layer dip, spinach dip, buffalo chicken dip, fresh salsa, and more! Welcome to the Super Dip Bowl! If having a party, tell your friends and family to bring the chips, while you take care of the dip with our delicious dip recipes. This easy Spinach Dip won first place in The 2005 Almanac Recipe Contest! See how to make it below. This Buffalo Chicken and Cheese Dip is spicy, chunky, and oh-so... more

February 1, 2017

No matter how deep the snow, gardeners can stage spring with parlor pots of sweet-scented paper-whites, old-fashioned hyacinths, and dramatic amaryllis. Start now and don’t stop until every windowsill and side table is abloom with potted beauties. It’s a sure cure for the wintertime blues. What is “Forcing Bulbs”? “Forcing” is speeding up the growth of a plant or bulb to make it bloom on your own schedule. Forced bulbs can add color and perfume to your home office from fall to spring. Since... more

January 11, 2017

Wonder what’s soaring in the sky? It may be a bird of prey.  Here are pictures of a few common raptors to help you identify them! I had the opportunity to see four live birds of prey at a presentation by the Indiana Raptor Center—a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitation of sick and injured birds of prey. First, it’s important to know what is meant by “bird of prey.” They are predatory birds which kill their food—with their feet! At the end of their toes are talons—needle-sharp... more

January 11, 2017

Our Everyday Calendar has tons of facts, folklore, proverbs, and puzzles to help you start your day off right every single day of the year! Here is a little look into what we’ve got in store for you this February! Everyday Calendar: February Facts & Fun February 1: You will have good luck if you accidentally put on your sock inside out! February 3: In 17th-century England, women sometimes decorated their hats with carrot leaves instead of feathers. February 5: “It’s easier to make a buck.... more

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