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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

July 9, 2014

Have you noticed yellow leaves and wilting on your impatiens? If watering hasn’t done the trick, you may be looking at a new disease called impatiens downy mildew that is ravaging impatiens across North America! The All-Seasons Garden Guide has the facts on this infectious mildew and offers advice on how to spot it and prevent it from infecting future plantings! What to Do About Mildew Impatiens downy mildew, or Plasmopara obducens, was first observed in the United States on native... more

July 7, 2014

Animals that live in the desert have special ways of coping with the extreme heat and dryness of their environment. Here are a few and what they do, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids! Beating the Heat: Animals in the Desert Go Below: Gila monsters, tarantulas, and desert tortoises make their homes under the sand or soil, where it is cooler. Kangaroo rats seal off their tunnels during the day to prevent heat from entering and keep the humid air inside from escaping. Sleep... more

July 4, 2014

The Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts that today’s 4th of July festivities will bring fireworks in the sky … from thunderstorms! In honor of nature’s fireworks, we are taking a look at some thunder lore and how thunder is born! Nature’s Fireworks Thunder is born in the instant when the return lightning stroke leaves the earth and spears upward through the channel of ionized air. The channel is viciously expanded outward and bursts in the sonic shock wave that reaches up as a thunderclap. This... more

July 2, 2014

Not sure what certain words mean when reading gardening advice? The 2014 All-Seasons Garden Guide has you covered with common garden terms and their definitions! A Glossary of Garden Terms Acidic soil: A soil that has a pH below 7, typical of clay soils. Balled and burlapped: The roots of the plant have soil attached and are held in place with burlap or some other material. Bare root: The roots of the plant are bare, with no soil attached. Biennial: A plant of two seasons’ duration... more


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