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Five Fabulous Facts from May's Almanac Monthly Magazine

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This new corner of Almanac.com will feature news, information, and cool stuff from The Old Farmer’s Almanac and its family of publications. We promise to be—as our founder Robert B. Thomas once described the Almanac—“useful, with a pleasant degree of humor.”

Now that we have the introductions out of the way, let’s have some fun!

If you have an iPad, I know you’ve probably already downloaded your copy of the May edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly magazine. On the off chance that you haven’t, this month’s edition features articles on Mother’s Day; Vidalia onions; small-space growing; the Johnstown, Pennsylvania, flood of 1889; and the most energy-efficient way to dry your clothes; and more.

Try these on for size—

Five Fabulous and Oh-So-Fascinating Facts from the May edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Monthly

  • May’s full Moon (on May 25) is known as the Full Flower Moon because flowers spring forth in abundance this month. Some Algonquin tribes also knew this Moon as the Corn Planting Moon or the Milk Moon.
  • Go fishing when the breeze is from the west, rather than from the north or the east. An optimal time is one hour before or after high or low tide or during “morning rise,” just after sunup, or “evening rise,” just before sundown, and an hour or so after.
  • Want onions to keep? Wrap them separately in foil and place them in the refrigerator. They’ll be good for up to a year.
  • A load of wet wash weighs about 15 to 18 pounds (assuming that it has been spin-dried). It will shed about a third of this as it dries.
  • Anyone can grow a container garden. Really. Anyone. Have your doubts? Check out our video for the Easiest Ever Container Garden. 

The May 2013 edition of The Old Farmer's Almanac Monthly magazine is available from the iTunes Store. Get more info at Almanac.com/Magazine.