Meteors and the Moon, houseplant care, insects predicting weather, freezing corn

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, August 11, 2019


The sun is set; the swallows are asleep;
The bats are flitting fast in the gray air;
The slow soft toads out of damp corners creep,
And evening's breath, wandering here and there
Over the quivering surface of the stream,
Wakes not one ripple from its summer dream.

–Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)


The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar
Houseplant Care

Houseplant Care Guide
Here are quick tips to keep your houseplants happy and healthy. From knowing how often to water to providing the amount amount of light, we’ll make sure your indoor plants not only stay alive, but thrive!


Savory and Delicious Shallots, Egyptian Walking Onions and Other Perennial Onions

Want to try a perennial onion in your garden this winter? Yellow potato onions are a traditional favorite that grow very well in Virginia. Shallots and perennial leeks are similar to grow but have subtler flavors that add class to your cooking. Harvest green onions fresh all winter with Shallots, Potato Onions, White Multipliers or Egyptian Walking onions.

Which Veggies to Plant

Best Vegetables to Plant in Fall
The days are getting shorter and fall is on the way. Are you planning to continue the harvest with a fall planting? There are so many interesting vegetables that thrive when the weather cools!
2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Online Edition

Detailed weather forecasts for the entire U.S., gardening and growing, food and recipes, astronomy, tides, home remedies, trends, handy tips, history, plus lots of humor—what’s not to like?

A special website makes reading our Online Edition as easy as flipping the pages of a book. Features enlargeable type, zoom, search, printing pages, or saving as a PDF file to your device. It’s the Almanac always at your fingertips. Plus, pay no shipping charges either!  


How Insects Predict Weather

How Insects Predict the Weather
Next time you see an insect, spider, or other “creepy-crawly,” check out what it’s doing! It could let you know something about the upcoming weather. Check out our weather proverbs and folklore about insects and other creatures.
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.


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Meteors and the Moon

Perseid Meteors Marred? Blame It On the Moon
This year, the great Perseid Meteor Shower (peaking August 12–13) will be marred by the sky-brightening mischief of a nearly full Moon. So we may as well amuse ourselves by making the Moon the scapegoat for other problems, too! Read on—plus, here’s a tip to boost your chances of seeing a “shooting star.”
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Freezing Corn

How to Freeze Corn
We love corn on the cob in the summer, but the season for fresh corn only lasts so long, so the next best thing is to freeze it! Freezing corn is a little messy, but it’s not hard at all. Wouldn’t it be divine to have a taste of summer come January? 
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.