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Daily Newsletter for Monday, October 9, 2017

autumn leaves

Bright yellow, red, and orange,
The leaves come down in hosts;
The trees are Indian Princes,
But soon they’ll turn to Ghosts.

–William Allingham (1824–1889)

Monday, October 9, 2017
282nd day of the year

Tyler James Williams (actor) was born on this day in 1992.
Jan Hooks (actress) died on this day in 2014.

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Peak Fall Foliage Dates

Fall Foliage Map 2017
See our new fall foliage map for peak times across America. Help us add to this foliage map with your own report!
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 Garden 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. 
It's Not Easy Being Green

Some Green Tomatoes Are Meant to Stay Green
Usually, when we see a green tomato, it’s just unripe and will eventually turn red.  However, there are green tomatoes that are meant to be green!  The two taste very different.
What is Columbus Day About?

When Is Columbus Day 2018?
Columbus Day 2018 is Monday, October 8. What exactly do we celebrate on Columbus Day? Find a brief history about this holiday.
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!
Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

When is Thanksgiving Day 2018?
In 2018, U.S. Thanksgiving takes place on Thursday, November 22. (Canadian Thanksgiving is on Monday, October 8.) Here’s a brief history of this all-important feast day—plus, why turkey is traditional and other trivia, weather folklore, crafts, poetry, and more.
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!
Black Pepper and America

Where Does Black Pepper Come From?
Most of us have a pepper shaker on our kitchen table, but do you know where that pepper actually comes from? Learn all about black pepper, including its history, health benefits, and even how it contributed to European exploration of the Americas.
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.