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July 26, 2017

Have you ever heard of these weird plant names? Learn how the plants below got such unique names, then pick up a copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids to find out more! Swine’s Snout This name is unusual because it refers to not one, but TWO plants. Swine’s Snout is a wildflower, and after the flower has matured and is ready to develop seeds, the flower closes up and resembles that most prominent part of a pig’s face. It’s also another nickname for a dandelion!  Speaking of which, the name... more

July 21, 2017

Is there anything better than drinking cold iced tea on a warm summer’s day? Here are some iced tea–making tips and recipes for you to enjoy! How to Make Iced Tea Here’s the recipe for Dog-Days Iced Tea—a much-loved sweet tea that’s perfect for those super-hot summer days. Ingredients 6 bags black tea (English, Earl Grey, etc.) 2 tablespoons granulated sugar ½ cup mint leaves and sprigs, divided 1-½ cups chilled orange juice 1 orange, sliced crosswise 1 lemon, sliced crosswise Ice cubes... more

July 21, 2017

A fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid of fruit flies. Where Do Fruit Flies Come From? Reach for a peach, and what happens? A squadron of fruit flies takes to the air above the fruit bowl! Where the heck did they come from?  They probably didn’t come from the grocery store. They come into house from the outside when they smell fruit as it’s ripening, especially if it was starting to get a bit overripe. (Fruit flies actually prefer wine and beer to... more

July 18, 2017

The peonies in my backyard always have ants crawling on the flower buds. Many people think ants are a pest on peonies.  A popular myth that ants “tickle the buds” or “lick the sugar” to help them open is not really true. Ants on peony buds are common and totally harmless. They are NOT needed to “open” flower buds. They are attracted to the sugary droplets on the outside of flower buds (nectaries) or to the honeydew produced by scale insects (discussed below). The blossoms would open regardless... more

July 16, 2017

Ready for a road trip? Here are eight places to see the 2017 total solar eclipse at its finest. From wide-open western skies to small towns to the eclectic, there are some great destinations for eclipse watchers. You can only see the total solar eclipse from a location which is on the “path of totality,” a 70-mile band that crosses the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. (See an interactive eclipse map showing duration of totality of any place.) On this path, the Sun will be completely... more

July 10, 2017

Did you know? The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids is NEW this month and features hundreds of fun facts, awesome activities, and exciting experiments for all to discover. Enjoy a helping of some of our favorite facts and folklore from the new edition: A Grumble and a Rumble: Do you have a belly ache? Bad weather could be coming—indigestion was once said to precede storms! Sowing the Seeds of Flight: Medieval magicians believed that putting celery seeds in their shoes would enable them to fly. Don’... more

July 4, 2017

Ever wondered how books are made? The Almanac for Kids is hot off the press, just in time for summer reading! Take a peek inside the printing process and then take a look inside the book! A Very Short History of Printing People have been reading books for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians pounded the stems of papyrus to make sheets of paper-like material and then wrote on it. They also glued papyrus sheets together to make scrolls. Eventually, people shifted from scrolls to pages by either... more

June 21, 2017

Get the weather forecast for 4th of July 2017 from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. We’ll tell you what kind of thunderous celebrations could be in store—so you’re in the know when it comes to parades, BBQs, and fireworks!  Fourth of July, Fireworks Sky As is typically the case for July, Mother Nature has planned a few fireworks of her own to celebrate America’s Independence Day. For many regions in North America, there will be scattered thunderstorms during the weekend prior to July 4th or on the... more

June 8, 2017

Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day? Fishing, having a barbeque or picnic, and going camping are all dad-worthy activities. Fishing Tips When better to go fishing than on Father’s Day?  Check our fishing tackle box list so you’re all set! And be sure to look at these handy fishing tips before you and your dad head out! Once you’ve caught some fish, here’s how to cook them up for the family. Father’s Day Recipes This leads to our next idea, a cookout! After a day of fishing, make... more

May 15, 2017

Backyard poultry farmers know the joys of raising chickens and gathering eggs, but do they know that training chickens can be faster than training dogs? We looked back at the article “How to Teach Old Chickens New Tricks” in The 2006 Old Farmer’s Almanac for tips on how to train your chickens. How to Train Chickens: Training Chickens to Come When Called This page will focus on just one trick, but perhaps the most important one: how to make your chicken come when called. Our blogger Celeste will... more


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