Blackberry cobbler, root cellars, flash floods

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, August 16, 2018


"What is a weed?
A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered."
–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)

Thursday, August 16, 2018
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Root Cellars for Storage

Root Cellars: Types and Storage Tips
Before refrigeration, an underground root cellar was an essential way to store carrots, turnips, beets, parsnips, potatoes, and other root vegetables. Today, root cellars have made a comeback to keep food from freezing during the winter and keep food cool during the summer to prevent spoilage.
Picking at the Peak

When to Harvest Vegetables and Fruit
How do you know when to harvest vegetables, fruit and herbs? Here’s expert advice on how to pick vegetables and fruit at the peak of flavor. For example, zucchini is harvested when 6 to 8 inches long. Pick early and pick often! See our entire list of common crops and the harvesting criteria for judging whether your vegetables are ready for picking. 
The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! Features original, full-color illustrations.

Flash Floods

Flash Floods: Warning Signs and Staying Safe
Flash floods are the single deadliest storm-related weather hazard in the United States. Learn about what they are and what to watch for in case one affects your area.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac ☼ Collector's Edition

Special hardcover edition with new, useful, and entertaining matter! Also featuring astronomical tables, tides, holidays, eclipses, and weather forecasts for all 18 regions of the United States.

How to Dry Tomatoes

How to Oven-Dry Tomatoes
Dried tomatoes add color and flavor to salads, pizza, soups, pesto, and sauces. Paste types work best, as they have less water.
The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Dramatic images of fantastic weather phenomena. 

Blackberry Cobbler

Blackberry Cobbler

Ever had a blackberry cobbler? Make use of these juicy summer berries before they’re gone. Blackberry cobbler is easy to make—and mouthwatering to taste.

Ode to a Cow Almanac Wooden Sign

This poem was originally printed in The 1936 Old Farmer’s Almanac. Its inspirational advice is still relevant for today’s busy lifestyles.