When your chickens stop laying, cold frames, pumpkin mac and cheese

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Daily Newsletter for Monday, October 21, 2019

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October's face, benign and mellow,
Turns nuts to brown and leaves to yellow;
But (like the Scorpion, sting in tail)
He ends with frost and scourging hail.

–Jan Struther (1901–53)

Monday, October 21, 2019
294th day of the year


Douglas G. Hurley (astronaut) was born on this day in 1966.
Fred Berry (actor) died on this day in 2003.


 
Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
 
Onion Skins for Health

Onion skins for health (and more)
Admit it: The crisp, flaky outer scales of the onions you use in soups, salads, and casseroles usually end up in the trash (or perhaps more usefully, the compost bin). But don’t toss them out before you’ve put them to use. For your health!
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When Chickens Stop Laying

Raising Chickens 101: When Chickens Stop Laying Eggs
What do you do when your chicken stops laying? Often, this is part of the seasonal cycle, but sometimes it could be more.
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The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Engagement Calendar

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Get Your Soil Tested

Fall is Time for a Garden Soil Test
Happiness is a positive soil test, one that lets you know that you have been doing something right! Fall is the perfect time to take a sample of your soil. Just like humans, plants need nutrients to be healthy and productive.
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How to Make a Cold Frame

How to Make a Cold Frame Step-by-Step
Cold frames are a vital component in the gardener’s toolkit.
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Pumpkin Mac and Cheese? Yes!

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

This Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese recipe was an entry in our Old Farmer’s Almanac Reader Recipe Contest using pumpkin. Though it did not win a prize, it got many thumbs up!

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