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March 13, 2015

If there’s one thing that we love, it’s making our own natural remedies and beauty products! Check out these fantastic recipes from The 2015 Old Farmer’s Almanac that will restore and liven up your hair, face, and skin. Beauty on a Budget (Part 2) For hair: To restore luster to your tresses and make them more manageable. Herbal Conditioner 1 teaspoon burdock root 1 teaspoon calendula flowers 1 teaspoon chamomile flowers 1 teaspoon lavender flowers 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves 1 tablespoon ... more

March 11, 2015

In the brand-new 2015 Garden Guide, learn all about the power vegetables known as brassicas, featured in the article “Welcome the Cole Clan.”   Power Veggies Cole crops are among the most nutritious vegetables that we can grow in our backyard gardens. Whether eaten raw or cooked, they are high in beta-carotene, calcium, folate, iron, potassium, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, and vitamins A, C, and K, while also being low in calories. Facts about these Brassica family plants and some... more

March 6, 2015

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide is out! Spring is quickly approaching, so this is the perfect preparation guide to have on hand. Take a look at a few of the many articles that will be featured! Our 2015 Garden Guide Is Here! Comfort Me With Crab Apples Ornamental crab apples have everything for the gardener: moderate size, a dazzling display of exquisite flowers, colorful and tasty fruit, and adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions. Want to know where to start? Choose... more

March 2, 2015

I enjoy researching the old ways of using what’s at hand for healing minor ills and meeting the needs of everyday life. But I’m also a fan of science and hard evidence, and sometimes science reveals that a tried-and-true solution to a common problem is ineffective—or worse, harmful. Take cosmetics, for example. In centuries past, women (and many men) used lead, mercury, or arsenic compounds to lighten skin and conceal skin flaws. They also lightened their skin by eating chalk and iodine or... more

March 1, 2015

Can you believe it's already March? Take a look inside the March issue of our Almanac MONTHLY magazine—now available on tablets and your computer! In the March MONTHLY, we'll tell you what weather to expect, which stars to see, and which seeds to be planting this month—along with many other articles, facts and folklore to keep you entertained all throughout March! March Monthly Preview The Effluvia of Asps What is meant by the Ides of March? “Why, madam, the Ides were eight old women, the Nones... more

February 25, 2015

How many times have you said to yourself, “I need to get my time more organized”? We have, too—don’t worry. So—in putting together our book-style 2015 Engagement Calendar—we have created a planner to help you keep organized all year long as well as provide you with oodles of entertaining quotes, tips, and facts guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you open it up. Quotes, Tips, & Facts from the Engagement Calendar Here are just a few of the many interesting tidbits that you’ll... more

February 18, 2015

Those little birdies in your backyard are hungry! Here’s a fantastic, fun, and inexpensive way to make a birdfeeder, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids. This is a fun activity for the whole family, and the birds will surely visit often! February: National Birdfeeding Month (U.S.) To Make a Feeder: Remove the label from a clean, dry, 2-liter soda bottle with cap. Tie a piece of cord or wire around the neck of the bottle so that you will be able to hang the feeder. Make perches... more

February 16, 2015

It has certainly been a snow-filled year for many parts of the nation. Whether you got only a sprinkling of snow or an extreme downfall, test your winter knowledge skills to see how much you know about the frosty flakes! Test Your Winter Knowledge Test Yourself! 1. If you have been out in the cold and are afraid that you have frostbite, you should rub the affected area with snow. True or False? 2. How many sides does a regular snow crystal have? a. Four b. Five c. Six d. Eight 3... more

February 13, 2015

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! We here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac love to talk about…LOVE! In fact we even created a whole book on the topic entitled “The Book of Love” which covers everything from tips on planning your wedding to mastering over 20 different kisses! We also take a look back to previous centuries and you’ll be surprised by what their Valentines cards consisted of! The Origin of the X-Rated Greeting Card For those lovers who had trouble composing their own verse in the... more

February 11, 2015

Sowing is one thing; transplanting young seedlings is an equally tricky business with its own rules for success. Here are a few of them from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Garden Wisdom! Tips for Transplanting Handle with care. This is the time to have a tender touch and all supplies at hand. Choose your moment. The best time to do it is on a misty or cloudy day or late in the afternoon when the sun is low. Make contact. Poke a hole in loose soil and press the roots firmly in... more

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