Raising honey bees, planting zones, lazy man's beef stew

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Daily Newsletter for Tuesday, January 8, 2019


O Winter, ruler of the inverted year,
Thy scattered hair with sleet like ashes filled,
Thy breath congealed upon they lips, thy cheeks
Fringed with a beard made white with other snows
–William Cowper (1731–1800)

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Should You Raise Honey Bees?

Beekeeping 101: Should You Raise Honey Bees?
Are you interested in raising honey bees? Does having your own beehive sound intriguing? See how to get started with our Beekeeping 101 series!


Are You Harming Your Dog?

Dr. Martin Goldstein is one of America’s most renowned holistic veterinarians. For two decades, Dr. Marty has combined elements of nutritional medicine with nutrition, immune support and alternative treatments that have yielded incredible results.
Beets Boost Health Big-Time!

Beets: Health Benefits
The humble beet, steamed, boiled, roasted, pickled, borscht’d—but especially served raw—is nutritious and offers many health benefits.
The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

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

How to Make Biodegradable Garden Pots
If you’re thinking about planting lots of seeds, make biodegradable seed pots. They’re easy to make and they can be transplanted right into the ground when the time comes. Plus, they’re economical! See our video on how to make the seed pots—plus, we’ve included accompanying text instructions.
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. 
Your Planting Zones

What Are Plant Hardiness Zones?
Plant hardiness zones—also known as planting zones or growing zones—help gardeners understand which plants can survive their region’s climate. Find out which planting zone you’re located in so that you can grow your best garden yet!
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. 
Lazy Man's Beef Stew

Lazy Man's Beef Stew

Beef stew is comfort food at its finest. When it’s paired with crusty bread, a meal is born.


Want to enjoy the beautiful Moon year-round? Check out our 2019 Moon Wall Calendar that is loaded with amazing lunar lore, facts, and photos!