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I'm planting a small organic vegetable garden this year. My goals: enjoy healthier and better-... read more
Spring has arrived! With longer days and warmer weather, the birds are starting to sing, the buds... read more
I have made a decision this year to have a small, thriving vegetable garden but to try to save... read more
Winter of 2010 sure brought some wild weather! Did you experience any unusual weather this winter?... read more
In the winter of 1980, two very memorable events occurred in upstate New York: Lake Placid was on a... read more
How do you foretell the coming of spring? Every year, I enjoy hearing what readers from different... read more
My great-grandfather ran a sawmill and was a cabinetmaker who could make just about anything out of... read more
Enjoy the winning pictures from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Photo Contest. Don’t Almanac... read more
December 12, 2008 This morning, we woke up to huge crashing sounds. (My husband later compared... read more
For those who vacation during peak holiday weeks—which is most of us—rates and crowds are always... read more
After great anticipation, finally our little corner of New England—Dublin, New Hampshire, home of... read more
Recently, I was introduced to the world of gingerbread house-making when I took a 6-hour-long... read more
There's a large maple tree that lives next to my house. It's been a trouper, in spite of old age,... read more
This autumn, I drove past an unusual site: a giant contraption towering above crowds of cheering... read more
My friends received an apple cider press for a wedding present long ago. Last week, they threw an... read more
Welcome October! For your enjoyment, I've posted this beautiful poem by Robert Frost. In it, he... read more
First published in 1943, this is still one of the all-time favorite (and most debated) stories... read more
When the following was published in The 1984 Old Farmer’s Almanac, many readers wrote to say that... read more
Here’s the curious story of how the word spoonerism was invented. The Reverend William Archibald... read more
Here are 16 folk remedies for headaches. Back then, they didn't have that warning, “don't try these... read more
Doctors and scientists are always telling us ways to live longer. Usually they involve a healthier... read more
Here's a true story from the The Old Farmer's Almanac archives. The FBI apprehended a German spy on... read more
Here's a peculiar prediction: Legend says that a July forecast of “rain, hail, and snow” mistakenly... read more
Back around the turn of the last century, in the days before the National Weather Service, the so-... read more
During the Civil War, Union doctor Captain L. G. Capers was acting as a field surgeon at a skirmish... read more
In our Dublin, New Hampshire, office hangs a reproduction of a painting by Norman Rockwell... read more
It's time again to shine the spotlight on a certain caterpillar. The larva of the Isabella tiger... read more
In August, the blueberry bushes here in New Hampshire overflow with berries. Birds love them and so... read more
A few weeks ago, I had a surprise one morning when I opened my mailbox to put in a letter. Inside... read more
The peonies in my backyard always have ants crawling on the flower buds. A popular myth that ants “... read more
A new baby was delivered today. She has cream-colored skin and a black head. She's only about ¼... read more
As my husband and I worked in the garden this weekend, I noticed the bees visiting my azaleas (okay... read more
Being in a power outage can be very frustrating. Here is some advice that may help you the next... read more
Since moving to New Hampshire a few years ago, I have been amazed by so-called Yankee frugality—and... read more
Have you been intrigued by the increased chatter about root cellars? They seem to be experiencing a... read more
I think I learned something last weekend about growing tomatoes. A woman at the high school plant... read more
I discovered composting rather late in life—but it's never too late to start or, if you get lazy,... read more