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July 27, 2016

Announcing the zucchini recipe winners, as listed in The 2014 Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide, and tips on freezing your extra zucchini! 2014 All-Seasons Garden Guide Zucchini Recipe Winners(and how to freeze your extra zucchini!) With zucchini season around the corner, though, it’s a good time to think about how you’ll save the extra that you’ll inevitably have from your garden (and everyone else’s) for another day. If you end up with more zucchini than you can use at one time,... more

July 25, 2016

August 3 is National Watermelon Day and one of our favorite holidays in August! Watermelon is the perfect treat for this early August day (and any summer day, really)! It’s National Watermelon Day! To quote Mark Twain, “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” This American literary hero understood the serious deliciousness of this magical fruit (vegetable?), and, hopefully, on this beautiful day, you do, too. It’s so refreshing and delicious, there’s a whole day devoted... more

July 5, 2016

August 13 is Left-Handers Day! If you or the lefties in your life feel excluded, forgotten, or even mistreated year-round due to your left-handedness, today is the RIGHT (haha!) day to celebrate being a lefty! Left-Handers Day After another year of scissors, desks, notebooks, coffee mugs, and more being seemingly pitted against lefties, the day has finally come to celebrate them! If you’re a lefty in a righty’s world, remember that you are not alone. Angelina Jolie, Prince William, President... more

June 29, 2016

A warm and delicious peach crisp is a quintessential summer dessert. If you’re looking for a tried-and-true fruit dessert, check out this well-loved recipe from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Cookbook! Summer Peach Crisp Makes 10 servings FILLING: ¼ cup flour ⅓ cup sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger 8 cups peeled and sliced ripe peaches or nectarines ¼ cup peach nectar or orange juice TOPPING: ⅔ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup rolled oats ½ cup sliced almonds,... more

June 17, 2016

It turns out that there are some garden “pests” that you should welcome with open arms. Some creepy creatures can be great garden helpers. So you may want to think again before sending ill-will towards them. Praise Snakes: Garter snakes are most common in North America and are no threat at all to humans. Their backyard prey include slugs, grasshoppers, and small rodents, including the voles that chew bark off your fruit trees. They eat bullfrog tadpoles, because adults are too big to swallow.... more

June 17, 2016

Backyard poultry farmers know the joys of raising chickens and gathering eggs, but do they know 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 tell... more

June 9, 2016

National Peanut Butter Cookie Day has our mouths watering! Buckle up and get ready for the nuttiest cookie extravaganza of the year with these scrumptious recipes! It’s National Peanut Butter Cookie Day! As President James A. Garfield once said, “Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.” Peanut butter cookies are the ultimate way to enjoy peanut butter. We have collected our favorite Peanut Butter Cookie Recipes for your enjoyment on this glorious holiday. No time for baking... more

June 1, 2016

Five steps to growing a sunflower tower: a fun summer activity your kids or grandkids will love. You’ll be blooming sprouts of sunshine in no time! Grow a Sunflower Tower Photo Credit: Renee’s Garden With their colorful centers ringed with a crown of petals, sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) may be the happiest flowers in the garden. They are guaranteed to brighten up even the gloomiest of days, whether planted in a long row along a fence or massed in a sunny border. If you have space in the... more

May 17, 2016

The common cold season is upon us. It may seem like no matter what you do, that cold just won’t stay away, and it takes a while to get better. Perhaps this is because you need to try some old-fashioned cures. Here are some ideas from our Almanac readers, culled from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Everyday Advice! Get Rid of a Cold with Old-Fashioned Cures From L. B., Iowa Father and Brother ran trap lines during the winter months. Being a thrifty man by nature, Father used as much of anything... more

May 10, 2016

Weather folklore is a favorite among Almanac readers, and no more so when it comes to the prognostics of the wintery season. Here are some of our favorite winter weather proverbs … Winter Weather Lore The weather on Christmas foretells the weather for the coming year.   Green Christmas, white Easter. If windy on Christmas, trees will bring much fruit. Three white frosts and next a storm. Heavy frosts are generally followed by fine, clear weather. The north wind doth blow, and we shall have ... more

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