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

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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
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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!


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 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.
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
Plan a vegetable garden to extend into autumn.  Now’s the time to plan the fall garden because you plant well in advance of the harvest. See how to choose the best plants for autumn timing—and more fall garden planning tips.
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

Traditionally, cabbage seeds were planted on St. Patrick’s Day in northern zones. Old-time farmers believed that to make them grow well, you needed to plant them while wearing your nightclothes! Here’s our Cabbage Growing Guide with instructions on how to plant and grow this hardy, leafy vegetable—which is packed with vitamins. No PJs required!


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 summer 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.