Improve your soil in the fall, apple cider vinegar drink, persimmon bread

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, September 16, 2019


From dewy lanes at morning

the grapes’ sweet odors rise;

At noon the roads all flutter

With yellow butterflies.

–Helen Maria Hunt Jackson (1830–85) 

Monday, September 16, 2019
259th day of the year

Molly Shannon (actress) was born on this day in 1964.
Mary Travers (singer) of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary died on this day in 2009.

The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Gardening Calendar
Improving Soil in the Fall

Preparing Soil for Planting
Soil preparation is EVERYTHING when it comes to growing plants. You can improve your soil at any time of year, but the end of the growing season is an especially good time. Here are tips on how to identify your soil type and how to enrich your soil before you plant in the spring.
Fall's Just Around the Corner

Autumnal Equinox 2020: The First Day of Fall
In 2020, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—arrives on Tuesday, September 22. Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere and spring begins in the Southern Hemisphere. Why do we mark the equinox? Here’s all you need to know!
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.
Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe
My mom grew up on a big Vermont dairy farm, and every summer, they would haul endless gallons of something called switchel out to the field during haying season. Mom’s recipe for the homemade beverage was simple: apple cider vinegar sweetened with maple syrup (both made on the farm), diluted with cold spring water. Here’s the recipe.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with dramtic images, lunar lore, and more! Makes a great stocking stuffer!
Persimmon Bread

Persimmon Bread

Every tried Persimmon Bread? These bright orange fruits are harvested in September and October. The sweet jelly-like bulb is perfect for baking in breads and puddings.

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Mysterious Folklore

The Tale of Feather Crowns
The following story was sent to us in the 1980s by Almanac reader John Dunphy…
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Everyday Calendar

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