Eclipse Sunday, myths and superstitions, DIY potting soil, better mac and cheese

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, January 18, 2019

blue jay

Suddenly, with lifted eyes you said,
“Oh look!”
There, on the black bough of a snow flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty

–Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)

Friday, January 18, 2019
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Eclipse Myths and Superstitions

Lunar Eclipse 2019: Myths and Superstitions about the Blood Moon
With the “Super Blood Wolf Moon” eclipse on January 20, 2019—the last total lunar eclipse until 2021—let’s revisit the ancient stories and superstitions about this celestial phenomenon! For centuries, a “total eclipse of the Moon” has inspired mythology, folklore, songs, and even movies. (Watch out for the werewolves!) 


How to: Get Rid of Deep Belly Fat

Researchers have announced a radical new technique that not only fights potentially deadly belly fat, but also leads to slimmer waists, improved organ function, and perhaps even a longer, healthier life.

Crocus, The Year's First Flower

When it seems like winter will never lose its icy grip, the dainty crocus pushes through the snow to put on a show of colorful revival. Plant this perennial flower in the fall for an early spring delight!  Here’s how to plant, grow, and care for crocuses in your garden!

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!   

Make Your Own Potting Soil

How to Make Your Own Potting Soil
Here’s how make your own potting soil for your containers and pots! Using the right potting soil is one of the secrets to gardening success.
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. 

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie With Vegetables

To some people, a chicken pie with vegetables is a travesty, but this Chicken Pot Pie is so good that even purists will love it.

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. 

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese!

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese With Roasted Garlic

This Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese With Roasted Garlic recipe won third place in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac Recipe Contest.

The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

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