Advice Articles

Create a colorful strand of red and green chili peppers for a unique holiday decoration. Here's ... read more
Transform a soda can into a holiday candle decoration. Here’s how: Very carefully cut off the top... read more
I grow lots of garlic and look forward to my mid-October garlic-planting ritual, when the weather... read more
Would you like to re-create those pumpkin spice mixtures that are often for sale in gift shops?... read more
I’ve already blogged about the health benefits of eating a variety of richly pigmented plant... read more
Check out this author's intriguing theory—best tested by parents of large families—about the... read more
The chart below follows the previous post encouraging folks to eat more deeply-colored vegetables... read more
At a time when we seem to be surrounded by sameness, some parents want their children to stand out... read more
Even if you don't grow your own vegetables, you see their fall colors come alive in farmers’... read more
You can never be too prepared when it comes to having a baby and raising your children. Check out... read more
As with parents who have young children in the house, pet owners must take stock of their... read more
Why do pets eat grass? Why do cats rub against people? The Almanac helps you understand (and love... read more
Judging from these tips from 1867, the expectations of children between then and now have certainly... read more
The question of when to wean a baby has plagued new mothers for centuries. Here's Almanac advice... read more
Different pets will display sickness symptoms differently, but you should always be on the watch... read more
Just as with humans, improved health care has meant an increased life span for dogs and cats.... read more
Keep your pets well with proper nutrition! Here are tips for feeding your dog and cat. Note: Your... read more
Salt of the earth, not worth its salt, take it with a grain of salt, salted away, salty language... read more
Psst! Wanna save money, improve health and fitness, and lower your carbon footprint—simultaneously... read more
About six weeks after my 40th birthday, we had a freak April storm that dropped 18 inches of wet,... read more
If your doctor gave you a prescription she said would improve your emotional resilience, keep you... read more
It’s that time of year: Friends, neighbors, coworkers, even some side-of-the-road vegetable vendors... read more
Millions of Americans—including me—are hard at work canning, freezing, drying, pickling, and... read more
(Here's an article from the Almanac archives with some tongue-in-cheek advice about having a baby... read more
Why throw out what may be the most healthful and flavorful parts of the foods you prepare regularly... read more
No sweat! Actually, we should sweat in the heat. Sweating is part of the complex system our bodies... read more
Every spring we welcome a few passing ducks and geese to our small backyard pond. Often a pair or... read more
Part 1: neutralizing odors around the house, in the car Neuroscientists say humans can distinguish... read more
The ice cream sold in supermarkets today is not what it once was. It is also ridiculously expensive... read more
As someone who spent many midlife years training for and competing in summer triathlons and who... read more
Learn how to make sweet pickles the “old-fashioned” way. We guarantee you that the slow way is the... read more
Certainly among the oldest ways of reliably preserving meats, salting and brining have given the... read more
Perhaps the prettiest sight in the kitchen is homemade jelly. There is nothing like a row of clear... read more
A baker’s dozen of safe, cheap, natural, multi-purpose essentials Most of us keep a few basics on... read more
Every four or five years, I suffer a temporarily deafening buildup of ear wax. It usually hits me... read more
The humble oat (Avena sativa) has a long history of medicinal uses use that continues to this day.... read more
Admit it, the crisp, flaky outer scales of the onions you use in soups, salads, and casseroles... read more
From shaving cream and leather polish to mousetrap bait, peanut butter gets the job done *If you or... read more
Remember the important dogs, cats, and birds in your life by making these recipes for pet treats.... read more
Fading blond? Mousy brown? Bring on the rhubarb! You’ve heard of champagne blond, strawberry blond... read more