Why the Almanac has a hole, best fall plants, squash pickles
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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, August 16, 2017
"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)
Steve Carell (actor) was born on this day in 1963. Aretha Franklin (singer, known as the "Queen of Soul") died on this day in 2018.
Why Do We Have a Hole?
Why Is There a Hole in The Old Farmer's Almanac?
Why do we punch a hole in the corner of The Old Farmer’s Almanac? When did it start? And what do we do with the punched-out holes? These are deep questions. Almanac editor Heidi Stonehill gives us the “hole” story!
…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.
Total Solar Eclipses: How Often Do They Happen?
On August 21, 2017, people in a large swath of North America had the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse for the first time in nearly 40 years. How rare is a total solar eclipse? Let’s look at the facts.
Cabbage Cabbage is a hardy, leafy vegetable full of vitamins. It can be difficult to grow; it only likes cool temperatures and it can be a magnet for some types of garden pests. Here are some tips for growing cabbages in your garden!