A warming world, square-foot garden, black bean soup

Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farmhouse at the garden’s end

–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
31st day of the year

Justin Timberlake (singer) was born on this day in 1981.
Horace Hagedorn (founder of Miracle-Gro plant food) died on this day in 2005.

What the heck is a Garden Hod?
It was designed to harvest and wash vegetables and fruit easily, but it has hundreds of other uses, too!
A Warming World

Why a Warming World Could Turn Cold
A few months ago, I discussed the challenges that forced me to modify the methodology that I use in making the long-range weather forecasts for The Old Farmer’s Almanac.



Burpee Exclusive Offer: Save $20 off your purchase $50 or more Discover our all-new 2018 introductions featuring innovative new vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit and gardening supplies. Shop now and save. Use code SAVE20ALM1A at checkout to receive $20 off $50. Offer excludes Gift Cards. Offer expires March 31, 2018.
Full Moon Today

Full Moon for January 2018
In January of 2018, there are two full Moons. The first full Moon of the year (January 1) is called the Wolf Moon. The second full Moon (January 31) has no given name, which makes it a Blue Moon. In addition, there will be a total lunar eclipse on the 31st!  See more information and viewing tips.
Moon Shiners Sun-Powered Mason Jar Lids | Save 50%

Light up your walkway, driveway, or patio. Display your favorite treasures with illumination.
First Day of Seasons

First Days of Seasons 2018
Find equinox and solstice dates for 2018—specifically, the March equinox, the June solstice, the September equinox, and the December solstice.
Embedded thumbnail for Planning a Square Foot Garden
What is Square-Foot Gardening?

Planning a Square Foot Garden
Square-foot gardening is a method of densely planting in squares for multiple harvests in a small space, even if you have poor soil.
The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

Features amazing photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, and trivia! 
Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup With Grapefruit

This Black Bean Soup has a wonderful creamy texture and earthy flavor—plus, it’s filling and nutritious. 

The 2018 Old Farmer's Almanac - Collector's Edition

Our exclusive best offer! This hardcover Collector’s Edition Almanac includes a free 2018 Gardening Wall Calendar and replicas of Almanacs from 100 and 200 years ago. (A $15.99 value!)