herbs in pots, polar vortex, dry skin

Daily Newsletter for Friday, December 16, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

Winter's approaching, and that means cold weather, indoor herbs, and dry skin! It's all in today's free Companion

If you like the idea of an herb planter, it might make a unique, homemade gift for your gardening or cooking-obsessed loved ones, too.


Your Almanac Editors

Friday's a day as'll have his trick,
The fairest or foulest day o' the wik


Friday, December 16, 2016
351st day of the year

Anna Popplewell (actress) was born on this day in 1988.
John Spencer (actor) died on this day in 2005.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!


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Growing Herbs in Pots

How to Grow Herbs in Containers
Learn how to grow herbs in containers—and which herbs grow best in pots.
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Force spring flowers indoors: Cut forsythia, dogwood, or crabapple branches. Before placing in a vase, mash the cut ends…
Growing Rosemary

Rosemary is a perennial evergreen shrub with blue flowers. It is a pungent and distinctive herb with a sweet, resinous flavor. Here’s how to grow your own rosemary plants.
The 2017 Weather Watcher’s Calendar | Save 50%

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Features dramatic photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, trivia, and more.
Christmas Weather?

long range weather Predictions for December 2016
Here are December 2016 long range weather forecasts for the U.S. and Canada, courtesy of The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Find out whether your Christmas forecast looks stormy or calm!
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Celebrate by giving a plant that has heart-shaped leaves: Dutchman’s pipe, European wild ginger, ‘Artic Beauty’ hardy kiwi, morning glory, or violet.
What is a Polar Vortex?

The Attack of Arctic Air
Why does the U.S. get hit with Arctic air? The media calls it the “polar vortex.” Here’s everything you need to know—in one short page.
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Country Calendar

Scenic photographs, country musings, fun facts, humor, and advice. Plus best days to fish, plant, set eggs, harvest crops, and cut hay.
Dry Skin Help!

Home Remedies for Dry Skin
Are you plagued by dry, itchy skin? Here are some helpful dry skin remedies.
The 2017 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

The Algonquin people named the Full Snow Moon after this time when the heaviest snows fall.