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August 13, 2014

Have you purchased your copy of The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac yet? To whet your appetite, here are five fascinating facts from the pages of the brand-new edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Five Fascinating Facts from The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac Did you know…? $330 million was spent on Halloween outfits for pets in 2013. Forty-eight percent of shoppers bargained for a better deal at least once in the past 3 years. Each saved, on average:     $100 on collectibles and antiques... more

August 6, 2014

You may want to stay out of the ocean after learning about some of these shark facts from The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids Vol. 3! Jaws! Little-known and hard-to-swallow facts about Sharks These items have been found in the stomachs of sharks: • A man’s wallet • 25 bottles of water (1 quart each) bound together with a wire hoop • a nearly whole reindeer • a blue penquin • a handbag containing three shillings • a full-grown spaniel Tiger sharks may be the most gluttonous of all sharks.... more

August 4, 2014

If your houseplants are looking a little worse for the wear, don’t give up on them just yet! There might be an easy fix! From The All-Seasons Garden Guide, here is a handy guide of common houseplants ailments and how to cure them! What’s Wrong With My Houseplants? Symptom: Long, pale leaves; small new leavesCause: Not enough light; too much nitrogenCure: Give plant more light; reduce fertilizer frequency Symptom: Leaves curl under or have yellow or brown spotsCause: Too much lightCure:... more

August 1, 2014

The August Monthly Magazine is now available and contains all the fun, wit, and wisdom to help you have another great summer month! Try some refreshing recipes, have dinner with the President, learn the art of smoking fish, and so much more. For now, here are some quick facts to hold you over! Five Fascinating Facts from the August Edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Digital Monthly Magazine 1. August’s Full Sturgeon Moon (occurs on Sunday, August 10, at 2:09 p.m. EDT) gets its name from... more

July 30, 2014

Whether you have new pets or just naughty ones, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re teaching your pets proper table manners! The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Vol. 5 has some tips on making sure your pets don’t accidentally bite you instead of their food! How To Feed a Pet its Food 1. Train your pet to sit politely for treats, not to jump and dive or grab to get the treat. Many pets are rewarded occasionally when they jump for things they want. When really special treats are offered,... more

July 28, 2014

When the weather is hot, cool and refreshing meals are the best! From the pages of The Garden-Fresh Cookbook, this recipe will help you make a crisp and delicious cucumber and feta salad! Cucumbers With Feta Cheese Dressing Makes 6 to 8 servings SALAD: I head Bibb lettuce 2 large cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced 2 medium Vidalia onions, thinly sliced DRESSING: ¼ pound feta cheese 5 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra as needed 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano 1 tablespoon fresh... more

July 18, 2014

With summer well under way, gardens are thriving, farm stands are open, and even supermarkets are offering fresh, locally grown produce! Enjoy the season’s best and stock up on fresh beans—a food that may surprise you with its health benefits and versatility! From the July edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly magazine, here’s a closer look at what beans bring to the table! Humble but Healthy Beans have been a mainstay of the human diet for eons. Because of this, and because beans... more

July 16, 2014

Did you know that July is National Horseradish Month in the United States? From The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, here are instructions for preparing raw horseradish so that it is ready to eat! How Have You Been Celebrating National Horseradish Month? How to prepare horseradish: Buy a fresh piece of thick, fleshy, white horseradish root. Peel the root and cut it into cubes for about 1 cup. Put the horseradish cubes into a blender. Add one or two ice cubes and grind the horseradish... more

July 14, 2014

Gardening doesn’t have to be confined to the yard! Potted plants brighten up many a home with tidy and contained splashes of indoor color and greenery! The 2014 All-Seasons Garden Guide has a few tips for taking care of your potted plants. Good Ideas for Indoor Houseplants Heat and Light • Windowsill plants that get leggy may be getting too much heat, not too little sun. For even growth, set up a table by your sunniest window and turn the pots regularly. • Most flowering plants need to... more

July 11, 2014

On a warm summer afternoon, a sweet and juicy fruit salad can be the perfect treat. From The Garden-Fresh Cookbook, here’s a recipe for a fruit salad that mixes tropical fruit and edible flowers (and optional orange liqueur) for a truly sophisticated dish! Fruit Salad With Pineapple Sage Yield: 6 to 8 servings • 2 kiwifruit, peeled • 2 cups pineapple chunks • 2 bananas • 1 orange, peeled and separated into segments • ½ cup orange juice • ½ cup Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur (... more

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