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Daily Newsletter for Friday, October 6, 2017

wagon wheel

A birdnote sounding here and there,
A bloom, where leaves are brown and sober,
Warm noons, and nights with frosty air,
And loaded wagons say, October.
Thomas Stephens Collier (1842–93)


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Cleaning Cast Iron Right!

How to Clean and Season a Cast Iron Skillet
A cast iron skillet can last a lifetime—probably several if it’s passed from generation to generation. Here’s how to clean and season a cast iron skillet to keep it in the best possible condition.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook

A gardener’s most useful tool is knowledge from past seasons. Don’t rely on sticky notes or memory! You’ll love our beautiful Gardening Notebook with its waterproof cover—easy to bring to the garden. Keep records so you know when pests arrive and when to put preventative controls in place to avoid damage. Also, track what blossoms when, first and last frost dates, what was planted where, what worked, favorite varieties, what you want to move, and other notes. 

Easy Pickled Peppers Recipe

Pickled Peppers

Pickling peppers is easy! When you only have a few peppers, this Pickled Peppers recipe will do nicely.  Just grab some white vinegar and go!

Which Hurricane Names Are Retired?

Retired Atlantic Hurricane Names
Did you know that hurricane names could be retired? Find out why some names are no longer used for Atlantic storms and see the list of hurricane names that have been retired since the 1950s.
2018 Almanac Garden-Themed Weekly Planner and Organizer

Perfect for recording appointments, tasks, and special occasions. Covers 18 months with full-week calendar spreads. What’s more, it’s loaded with pretty plant illustrations, reliable gardening advice, timesaving tips, and a durable soft cover that lies flat!

All About Friday the 13th

Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
The next Friday the 13th is Friday, November 13, 2020. Why is this day often associated with bad luck? What is the meaning of Friday the 13th and how did this superstition even begin? Find out—and enjoy fun freaky facts!
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!

Art in the Almanac

Art of The Old Farmer's Almanac: The Title Pages
Practically from the start, The Old Farmer’s Almanac used illustrations to attract patrons and to reinforce its agricultural and astronomical themes. It was one of the earliest publications in America to turn to the new art of wood engraving and employed the pre-eminent designers and engravers of the day.
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Start each day with a tidbit of Almanac fun: weather wisdom, quirky historical facts, useful hints, and time-tested proverbs.