Do you have any New Year's resolutions this year? Please post below! Here's mine: laugh more. Laughter uses more muscles at one time than any other activity—and changes your mood for the better!read more
December 11, 2013
Where I live, winter temperatures are often in the single digits. Whether your area is colder or warmer, keeping warm is a basic need that we all share.
I've posted some tips—from both Almanac editors and readers—about how to stay warm. These aren't "big" projects like buying a new heating system—just inexpensive, resourceful ways to help you warm up now!read more
October 3, 2013
Ever walked the winding path of a labyrinth? My mother-in-law has created a beautiful outdoor garden labyrinth—and introduced me to this curious new trend that's also an old tradition. If you own land, perhaps you'd like to create your own labyrinth. Learn more . . .read more
September 24, 2013
Is autumn is in the air? Here in New Hampshire, the temperature is falling, the leaves are starting to change color, and the garden plants are slowing down. How does your neck of the woods signal the change of seasons?read more
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October 13, 2010
Late in the harvest, we often find some extra-large veggies. This morning, I finally pulled up a monster carrot that I'd been eyeing in my garden. (See pic below.)
Do you have any great vegetable photos to share? Large or little? Show us the good and the bad! Load your photos here—select "Vegetables."
Just for fun, I'll pick a "winning" photo on November 30 and send the winner The 2011 Old Farmer's Almanac and an All-Seasons Garden Guide on November 30, 2010.
UPDATE: The winner for 2010 is . . . "Ruby and Opal" by Carl Wayne Hardeman. Congrats, Carl! There were so many great—and humorous—entries. It was Carl's caption that clinched it for me. Check out his photo page here.
You can see all the pics in the veggie photo gallery.read more
September 6, 2010
As much as I love roasted Roma tomatoes, Tomato Tarte Tatin, which appeared in the August issue of Bon Appetit, has become my new second-favorite way to cook these plum-shaped fruits. This is a sweet, not savory, dish best enjoyed as dessert or a treat—not a vegetable side dish.read more
July 16, 2010
There is something special about summer reading. Sitting back in the porch rocker with a glass of iced tea sweating on the table next to you…heaven!
Now imagine this-- you are completely immersed in a book. You cannot put it down. You have totally unplugged yourself from the television, phone, and computer. You deprive yourself of sleep so you can read just one more chapter. And then you get to the last page. And you hate the ending!read more