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)

 
Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
 
Onion skins for health (and more)
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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Raising Chickens 101: When Chickens Stop Laying Eggs
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. Here’s what to do.

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Prepare Your Soil in Fall for Next Year’s Garden
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Prepare Your Soil in Fall for Next Year’s Garden
Fall is the best time to prepare your soil for next year’s garden! Every year, it’s important to replace the soil’s nutrients that were used up over the summer and add any needed soil amendments to break down over the winter. We always say, gardening is all about the soil. So let’s get to it …

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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. Use them to start off seedlings earlier in spring, to carry on cropping vegetables well into winter, or to help harden off tender plants such as chilies in early summer. They really are the gardener’s best friend!

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Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
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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