Beets, persimmon seed forecasting, ants in the garden

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, August 22, 2019


If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
–Confucius (551 BC–479 BC)

Thursday, August 22, 2019
234th day of the year

Tori Amos (musician) was born on this day in 1963.
Kate Chopin (author) died on this day in 1904.

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac
Growing Beets

Our Growing Guide to Beets covers planting, growing, and harvesting. A staple in our garden, beets grow easily and you won’t have to wait long until harvest time. They can be harvested from about the size of a golf ball to the size of a tennis ball. And the greens are edible, too!


This Simple Skin Fix May Surprise You

If you’ve ever struggled with dry skin, rashes, age spots, or wrinkles… please pay close attention. You see: scientists have discovered the root cause of 93% of all skin problems – and it’s NOT what you think. In fact… They’ve discovered a 2-minute home remedy for more youthful skin…
Dividing Irises

How to Divide Bearded Irises—With Pictures
The blooming of the bearded irises is something I eagerly await each spring. This year, I made a mental note that I should divide and replant the irises after flowering. That time is now! Here’s how to divide irises—with step-by-step pictures.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar

Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! Makes a great gardener gift!
Ants in the Garden

Getting Antsy: Ants in the Garden
Ants are among the most successful of insects, outnumbering all other individual animals combined. They have been around since the days of the dinosaurs and inhabit just about every corner of Earth. Their presence in nature is essential to the well-being of the garden and environment. See why … 
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Watcher's Calendar

For those who like to keep an eye on the sky! Features dramatic photography, weather proverbs, historical weather events, trivia, and more.
Persimmon Seed Predictions

Predicting Weather Using a Persimmon Seed
According to weather folklore, you can predict winter weather with a persimmon seed. Here’s how to do it! Plus, enjoy recipes for persimmon pudding and persimmon bread.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with dramtic images, lunar lore, and more! Makes a great stocking stuffer!
Raw Vs. Cooked Veggies

Raw or Cooked? Which is Best?
Who wants to cook on a hot summer night? With all the fresh vegetables of the season, a big summer salad seems like the way to go—or is it? Some produce is most nutritious when eaten raw, but there are some veggies that need a little cooking before they give up all the goodness they have to offer.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

Nicely illustrated page-a-day desk calendar that makes a great stocking stuffer! Start each day with a tidbit of Almanac fun: weather wisdom, quirky historical facts, useful hints, and time-tested proverbs.