Sample garden plans, crop rotation, tools

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Friday, January 20, 2017

Dear Almanac readers, 

Many readers ask us what to plant where. If you're going to grow a garden this year, the right layout makes all the difference.

Toward that goal, we share some advice and free garden designs in this issue of the Companion. For more experienced gardeners, we strongly advise rotating those crops when needed. Watch our video that makes crop rotation simple.

A reminder: Today is Inauguration Day in the United States, with the swearing in of the new president at noon. What book do presidents put their hand on for the oath of office? We answer that question—and many more—in the article below.

Your Almanac Editors

None but the well-bred man knows how to confess a fault, or acknowledge himself in an error. 
–Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)

Friday, January 20, 2017
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Choosing the Right Layout

How to Lay Out a Vegetable Garden
Learn how to lay out a vegetable garden for your space and the plants you want to grow—from super-fresh lettuce to juicy tomatoes. In this video, we discuss the benefits different styles of garden beds. We’ll also demonstrate how to position your vegetables for a better harvest.
Garden Help Wanted Wooden Sign

SAVE 20% These rustic signs will hang from a wall or stand on their own.

Free Sample Plans!

Over 20 Vegetable Garden Layout Ideas
Here are over 20 free vegetable garden layout ideas—including backyard gardens, square-foot gardens, raised bed gardens, kitchen gardens, flower gardens, dry gardens, and more!
2017 Almanac Gardening Page-a-Day Calendar

This informative page-a-day calendar is filled with Almanac wit, wisdom, adages, and observations for gardeners and backyard naturalists.

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Crop Rotation Made Simple

How to Rotate Your Vegetable Crops
Crop rotation is key to a successful vegetable garden after the first year.
Wind Chimes, Bells, and Spinners!

Loads of designs! Made from brass, rust-proof aluminum, cast iron, ceramic, and wood.

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Caring for Gardening Tools

How to Care for and Sharpen Gardening Tools
Where would we be without our trusty gardening tools? Treat them to a little bit of TLC and they should last for many years.
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…

Inauguration Day Fun Facts!

When and What Is Inauguration Day 2017?
What happens on Inauguration Day 2017? What does “inauguration” mean? How do we “swear in” a president? Here are some inauguration fun facts.
Reading Magnifiers

Made of cast iron to hold the pages open.