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Your Old Farmer's Almanac editors occasionally share our reflections, advice, and musings—and welcome your comments. too.

June 11, 2009

Have you been intrigued by the increased chatter about root cellars? They seem to be experiencing a revival. I looked back at The Old Farmer's Almanac archives and was not surprised to see some useful information. Here are the highlights of what I learned. There are several great benefits to having a root cellar. Root cellars are an incredibly energy-efficient way to store root vegetables, including beets, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and turnips. You can keep root vegetables stored all... more

June 11, 2009

I think I learned something last weekend about growing tomatoes. A woman at the high school plant sale told me that tomato roots like warmth; they shouldn't be set deep in the soil. Then she picked up a six-pack of long, leggy tomato plants. She pointed at the “bumps” at the bottom of the stem. “Those are new roots,” she said. “Instead of digging down, when you set this plant, dig horizontally. Lay the root ball and the stem in the horizontal 'hole' up to the first leaf. Pull that leaf off.... more

June 11, 2009

I discovered composting rather late in life—but it's never too late to start or, if you get lazy, start up again! Here are tips on how to compost. Composting is a natural process that allows micro-organisms to break down live matter and turn it back into plant food to keep the cycle of life going. Growing up, my family used to spend hours raking leaves into those giant heavy-duty trash bags that take hundreds of years to biodegrade! What do you compost? Most anything organic. This includes:... more

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