Why the Almanac has a hole, best fall plants, squash pickles

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, August 16, 2017

apples on branch

"There were four apples on the bough,
Half gold half red, that one might know
The blood was ripe inside the core;
The colour of the leaves was more
Like stems of yellow corn that grow
Through all the gold June meadow’s floor
–Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
228th day of the year

Evanna Lynch (actress; plays Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter films) was born on this day in 1991.
Emma Didlake (oldest known U.S. veteran at the time of death; she was 110) died on this day in 2015.

Have an Amazon Echo?
Try saying "Alexa, ask Farmer's Almanac about today."


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Why Do We Have a Hole?

Why is There A Hole in The Old Farmer's Almanac?
Why is there a hole in the upper-left-hand corner of The Old Farmer’s Almanac? Watch the video, above, to find out! (Or read the transcript below!)


Remember when the power went out…

…and you wished you had a generator? Not everyone knows how much power they use, and even fewer are aware of their emergency power needs. We found this easy-to-use calculator to help you get an idea of what you’ll need.
How Rare Are Total Eclipses?

Total Solar Eclipses: How Often Do They Happen?
On August 21, 2017, people in a large swath of North America will have the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse. This month, I will forgo my usual sky map to showcase a map of the eclipse’s path and focus on this rare astronomy event. How rare is it? I’ll share some facts about that, too.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Notebook

Keeps avid weather watchers engaged and entertained day after day for up to 4 years! 
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Best Veggies for Fall Planting

Fall Vegetable Garden Planning - Choosing the Best Plants for Autumn Growing
In this video, we demonstrate how you can select plants for your fall garden by choosing vegetables which like to be planted at this time of year, as well as how you can use the Garden Planner to work out the best position to help each plant grow to its full potential.
The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Boxed Daily Calendar

Gardeners will be delighted with this nicely illustrated and gift-boxed page-a-day calendar!
Cabbage for Fall Gardens

Cabbage is a hardy, leafy vegetable full of vitamins.


No water, just clean, quiet, and simple!

If you need a place to “go” but it’s difficult and too expensive to install a waste system. This toilet is easy to install almost anywhere.
Squash Pickles Recipe

Summer Squash Pickles

This summer squash pickles recipe is a great use for extra squash or zucchini from the garden.

The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac

Makes a great stocking stuffer that will last all year long! Get free shipping on this item.