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Five Fascinating Facts from the January Almanac Monthly

January 3, 2014

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Another edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly is here! January is full of fun and helpful facts and advice! Learn about the Full Wolf Moon, planting peas in your garden, how to curry (almost) any dish, and Benjamin Franklin!

Five Fascinating Facts from the January Almanac Monthly

1. January’s Full Moon is called the Full Wolf Moon. This full Moon appeared when wolves would howl in hunger outside of Native American villages. The association of wolves and the Moon appears in folklore from all around the world, including Scandinavian, German, and Native American mythology.

2. January’s birthstone, the garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel—but not all mined garnets are worn as jewelry. Lower-quality garnets are used for grinding and polishing, in products such as garnet-coated sandpaper.

3. In the north, spring plantings have a better chance for survival than fall plantings; vines resist frost better than pods do, and spring rains usually provide the moisture that peas need.

4. Curry powder is not a single spice but a blend of aromatic spices that usually includes coriander, cumin, ginger, cloves, cardamom, fennel, fenugreek, turmeric, and an ingredient that adds heat: fresh or dried red or green chiles, cayenne pepper, ground peppercorns, or mustard seeds.

5. Benjamin Franklin was a great believer in fresh air, especially cold air, as therapy. He slept with windows open and preferred to spend an hour or so each morning sitting nude in his bedroom, taking an air bath while he read or wrote.

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The wonderful winter Wolf

By Patricia A. Casper

The wonderful winter Wolf Moon will put on a spectacular display tonight here in central Florida. Cold temperatures here would be down to about 25 degrees, but the sun warms us up during the day. It was only in the 50s last night but it will only warm to maybe 68. What I am looking for is one of your Almanacs, about a couple years old maybe, where you had various garden plans around mailboxes and under large windows. When we moved down to Ocala from Exeter, NH, I seem to have misplaced it. Leastwise, I'm looking for another copy. More comes to mind about the issue in question, there was an article on butterflies and hummingbirds. If you can direct me to a copy or if there's one for sale, I would eagerly purchase it, again. Any help you can provide in my search, would most sincerely be appreciated.

Patti Casper

Patricia, the article

By Almanac Staff

Patricia, the article appeared in the 2010 Old Farmer's Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide. Please get in touch with us at AlmanacEditors@yankeepub.com for a copy.

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