The all-new and improved 2014 Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide is now available! Inside, this year’s Gardener’s Calendar provides a ton of advice, reflections, facts, and folklore that gardening enthusiasts will love! Here are a few pieces of advice to whet your appetite!
A Gardener’s Calendar
To oust insect pests from indoor plants, wipe the leaves with a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol.
To encourage new growth, prune shrubs and trees between the new and full Moons.
Prune lilacs immediately after they bloom.
A mailbox mounted on a post near the garden makes for weatherproof storage of seed packets.
Saturate lawn weeds with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water.
Plant dill and marigolds near tomatoes to deter tomato hornworms.
Winter squash is ready for picking when the stem begins to shrivel.
Pick brussels sprouts and parsnips once they’ve been exposed to frost.
Move mulch a foot away from tree trunks and shrubs before cold weather sets in.
Make calcium-rich water for houseplants by soaking crushed eggshells in water for a few days.
Hang bird feeders from evergreens to better protect birds from predators.