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May 5, 2015

A wildflower planting will give you years of enjoyment and need very little attention. Here’s why you should plant wildflowers in your backyard! May Monthly: Taming the Wild Flowers Many gardeners are planting wildflowers as a beautiful, low-maintenance alternative to a manicured lawn or as a colorful ground cover for areas that are difficult to mow. Wildflowers provide waves of color and sweet fragrances and are a haven for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and songbirds. You can... more

April 29, 2015

Perk up salads, marinades, sauces, and other dishes. These are easy to make and can be bottled in attractive containers for gifts. Flavored Vinegars CHOOSE A FLAVOR Select the freshest herbs, spices, vegetables and fruit; experiment with different combinations. Herbs Try basil, chive (blossoms), dill, lavender, marjoram, mint, nasturtium (blossoms), oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, and/or thyme. Add 3 to 4 sprigs of fresh herbs per pint of vinegar. If fresh herbs aren’t... more

April 27, 2015

Temperatures are getting warmer. Time for a summer barbecue—or, pack up the cooler for a picnic. Here's a great grilled wraps recipe that we love—plus, a few more ideas. We welcome any of your tips below! Grilled Caponata Wraps With Summer Vegetables Link here for a printable recipe that you can also store in your Almanac Recipe Box. Caponata: 5 to 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 2 yellow crookneck squashes, diced 2... more

April 22, 2015

Need gardening advice? Our 2015 Garden Guide just may answer all of your questions! Q&A’s from the Garden Guide Here are some simple solutions to common problems: Q. I have a ponytail palm that is over 40 years old. It is outside in the summertime and very healthy. When it gets below 40 degrees outside, I bring it inside. This plant is approaching the point of being too tall to be inside. I am thinking about cutting it at 4 feet and letting it regrow. Can this be done, or will... more

April 15, 2015

The May Monthly has arrived: Look to see what’s inside this month’s edition to get the latest scoop on the projected weather, astronomy facts, gardening tips, and so much more! May Monthly Preview Taming the Wild Flowers “Preserve it in the wild. Perpetuate it in your garden.” –motto of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Here are some tips on planting a garden full of colorful, wild flowers that will attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and songbirds. Read the article for... more

April 15, 2015

National “That Sucks” Day is a holiday created by Bruce Novotny, who runs www.thatsucks.net and noticed that April 15 has historically been a very unfortunate day. Not only is it Tax Day, but also it is the day when President Abraham Lincoln died after being shot the day before and the day when Titanic sank to the bottom of the ocean. Certainly not the best day of the year, we do agree! Today in History: National “That Sucks” Day We have a bit of insight into each of these days, as... more

April 13, 2015

It’s always interesting to see what changes over just a few short years. Today we flash back to the trends of 2010 and compare them with the trends of 2015. It’s amazing what a difference 5 years can make! Tastes & Trends: 2010 to 2015 AROUND THE HOUSE People Are Talking About: 2010 Artwork depicting homeowners’ own DNA Basement karaoke bars where performances are filmed and scored on Web sites High-quality craftsmanship by Amish woodworkers and builders 2015 Bright walls in mint... more

April 9, 2015

Being The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we LOVE some good folklore! Although our special formula for predicting the weather with 80% accuracy is kept under lock and key, we love to test out these other great ways to predict the weather—through animals and watching our gardens grow! We challenge you to try this out for yourself and let us know if these predictions hold true! SURE-FIRE Methods for Predicting the Weather Yes, the Animals and Birds Know Sheep run to and fro, jump from the ground, and fight... more

April 6, 2015

In 1970, The Old Farmer’s Almanac released America and her Almanacs, a book that takes a look back at the many editions released throughout the years. It includes a few of our favorite puzzles published from way back in the day, so we decided to go back in time and see if we could solve these puzzles today! Can you? Almanac History: Puzzles In our 1963 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we published the following puzzle: *This is a direct replica of what was published; unfortunately we are... more

March 30, 2015

The April issue of The Old Farmer's Almanac MONTHLY magazine is here! It is loaded with lots of articles that will help you to start spring with a bang! We've got recipes, gardening tips, history, folklore and facts—plus the monthly weather update! To get insight into this month's issue, check out this preview. April Monthly Is Here! A Heap of ComfortThe good country sounds that come year after year. Do you work on a farm each day? Do you savor the sounds that surround you? See if this short... more

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