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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

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 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

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

January 6, 2017

Benjamin Franklin, born on Sunday, January 17, in 1706. To celebrate his birthday, here are some facts and quotes about the great man. Happy Birthday, Ben! Franklin was not only was a world-renowned statesman, inventor, and scientist, but also was fascinated by agriculture and father of the modern almanac.  Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts, which was then a British colony. His father came from England to the Colonies in 1682. He was a candle and soap maker in Boston. Before... more

December 4, 2016

In many households, fruitcake (no matter how tasty or un-tasty you think it is) outlives the holiday season and presents a puzzling leftover. Yankees to the core, we’ve developed a few uses for stale fruitcake, some of which are more popular than the original cake. What To Do With Leftover Fruitcake Sprinkle thick slices generously with rum or brandy, and let stand for a few minutes before sautéing in a little butter. Add a spoonful of rum or brandy to the pan, and flame (carefully away from... more

November 16, 2016

Here at the Almanac, Thanksgiving is all about comfort food. This year, we took some of the classic comfort food desserts you love and gave them a little twist. All recipes are courtesy of the EATS cookbook by The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Warm Brownie Pie We know Thanksgiving is all about pies, but how about a dessert option for those chocolate lovers? Presenting chocolate IN a pie! Voila! Pure chocolate heaven. Watch a video below on how to make our luscious brownie pie. Photo Credit: Becky ... more

November 3, 2016

Getting married in June?  It’s the time of the summer solstice! How about a Sun-themed wedding! Getting Married in June? “Marry when June roses grow, Over land and sea you’ll go.”                 -traditional verse Choose Your Theme: For a wedding in the sixth month of the year, you might consider a Sun theme to honor the summer solstice. For informal weddings, bridesmaids could wear sundresses and sun hats. Arrange yellow blossoms in vases and hang Sun mobiles, sun catchers, and other fun-in-... more

October 30, 2016

Poetry has always been part of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.  Look back through every calendar month and you will see a snippet of verse or folklore. Here are three poems for you to contemplate today. The Poetry Corner from Puzzles & Pleasantries Many of the poems we share with you are written by the great poets of the ages, however, you’ll often find poems written by us, your Almanac editors!  Our favorite topic, no surprise, is often about growing things. Enjoy … and tell us which poem is... more


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