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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 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

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

March 7, 2017

Tired of weeding your garden? Then don’t! Change the way you think about weeds.  A weed after all is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Why We Need Weeds 1. Weeds tell a lot about your soil. Weeds help you to assess current soil conditions. As you survey your soil, remember that you can learn a lot more from a variety of weeds growing together in one area than from a single species. For example, if you have dock, horsetail, bracken fern, nettle, daisies, or Virginia creeper,... more

February 2, 2017

Are you ready to break out some delicious dips and chips? Scoop up classic guacamole, nacho cheese layer dip, spinach dip, buffalo chicken dip, fresh salsa, and more! Welcome to the Super Dip Bowl! If having a party, tell your friends and family to bring the chips, while you take care of the dip with our delicious dip recipes. This easy Spinach Dip won first place in The 2005 Almanac Recipe Contest! See how to make it below. This Buffalo Chicken and Cheese Dip is spicy, chunky, and oh-so... more

February 1, 2017

No matter how deep the snow, gardeners can stage spring with parlor pots of sweet-scented paper-whites, old-fashioned hyacinths, and dramatic amaryllis. Start now and don’t stop until every windowsill and side table is abloom with potted beauties. It’s a sure cure for the wintertime blues. What is “Forcing Bulbs”? “Forcing” is speeding up the growth of a plant or bulb to make it bloom on your own schedule. Forced bulbs can add color and perfume to your home office from fall to spring. Since... more

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