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

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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

Anthony LaPaglia (actor) was born on this day in 1959.
Horace Hagedorn (founder of Miracle-Gro plant food) died on this day in 2005.

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.



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Full Moon Today

Full Moon for January 2020
When is the Full Moon in January 2020? What time are the Full Moon and New Moon? Why is it called the Full Wolf Moon? All these questions are answered in our January Moon Guide.  
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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.
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 Weather Watcher's Calendar

Features amazing photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, and trivia!