Root cellars, Mercury tonight!, Jupiter-Moon pairing, National S'mores Day

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, August 9, 2019


When high the sun in noonday glory rides,
Where willows keep the lake's green margin cool,
The speckled trout amid their shadow hides,
And dragonflies haunt every shaded pool. 

–Thomas S. Collier (1842–93)


Friday, August 9, 2019
221st day of the year

Gillian Anderson (actress) was born on this day in 1968.
Frank Gifford (NFL Hall of Fame football player) died on this day in 2015.

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac
About Root Cellars

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.


Digestive Trick To Clean Your Bowels

What if you could restore your gut health with one simple fix? According to one doctor in California there may be a way. In fact, he believes it’s so powerful that it could be like a “power wash” for your insides.
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Feeding Plants for Free

Feeding Your Plants for Free
There are many commercial products available to feed your plants with, but you can’t beat making your own organic fertilizer at home—and for free.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac

Detailed weather forecasts for 18 regions of the U.S., gardening and growing, food and recipes, astronomy, tides, home remedies, trends, handy tips & techniques, history, plus lots of humor—what’s not to like?  
Rare Chance to See Mercury

Sky Map: August 2019
Spot the elusive planet Mercury in the east before sunrise! It’s a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the Sun’s innermost planet. Here’s more viewing information and our complimentary, printable August Sky Map to help you navigate easily. 
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar

A highly useful daily planner full of humor and useful advice. It’s an indispensable tool for managing your life and keeping yourself organized. Includes plenty of room for jotting down appointments and notes.  
Moon + Jupiter Pairing Tonight

Night Sky for August 2019
Welcome to the Sky Watch for August 2019. Bright Jupiter and Saturn are wonderfully positioned this month. See more highlights of the night sky by Almanac astronomer Bob Berman.
The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 8

Kids love it! Adults can’t put it down! New edition! Shipping now!
National S'mores Day

Homemade Graham Crackers and S'mores

Did you know National S’more is August 10? Neither did we. But we’re always up for this classic campfire treat and we have a homemade graham cracker recipe—plus, some creative s’mores combinations!

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Country Calendar

Scenic photographs, country musings, fun facts, humor, and advice. Plus best days to fish, plant, set eggs, harvest crops, and cut hay.