Who was St. Patrick?, planting potatoes, corned beef hash

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Daily Newsletter for Sunday, March 17, 2019


On St. Patrick's Day, the warm side of a stone turns up, and the broad-back goose begins to lay.

Sunday, March 17, 2019
76th day of the year

Rob Lowe (actor) was born on this day in 1964.
Oleg Cassini (fashion designer who created the "Jackie look," the signature wardrobe created for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the early 1960s) died on this day in 2006.

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Who Was St. Patrick?

St. Patrick's Day 2020
Who was St. Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of this day? Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day history, legend, and lore!
Never Fish Alone Socks

Dog silhouette designs repeated throughout!
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Planting Potatoes on St. Pat's

How to Grow Potatoes from Seeding to Harvest
Potatoes are one of the most satisfying vegetables you can grow! Then, there’s the harvesting! Unearthing those delicious tubers is like finding buried nuggets of gold. Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest potatoes.
Almanac Barn Night Light

The roof features The Old Farmer’s Almanac logo in a way reminiscent of the painted barn advertisements of the early to mid–20th century for soft drinks and roadside attractions.
Companion Plant Your Garden

Companion Planting Garden Layouts
This year, don’t just plant a vegetable garden—plant a “companion” vegetable garden which takes into account which vegetables and flowers grow better near each other (and which do not!). To better understand, take a look at these sample companion garden plan layouts.
Pewter Earrings

Handmade in Vermont. Choose from dragonflies, butterflies, and hearts!
Corned Beef Leftover Recipe

Corned Beef Hash and Eggs Recipe

Corned beef hash with eggs is a country breakfast favorite but also hearty enough for a dinner meal. Also, if you have corned beef for St. Patrick’s, here’s the perfect leftover meal!

The Almanac Garden Hod

Harvest and wash fruit and vegetables easily. Plus, enjoy hundreds of other uses! Each hod has the Almanac Sun logo burned into one side with a fire-heated branding iron.
Old-Time Weights and Measures

Old-Time Weights and Measures
Ever heard of a firkin, hogshead, and coomb?  Convert old-time English weights and measures to modern-day equivalencies with this chart from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
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.