Happy Halloween!, Moon and Jupiter meet-up tonight, freezing Brussels sprouts

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, October 31, 2019


Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble
–William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

October 31: All Hallows' Eve

Thursday, October 31, 2019
304th day of the year

Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
Happy Halloween!

Halloween 2019
Halloween always falls on the 31st of October. What is Halloween really about? How did it get started? Here’s a brief history—it may surprise you! 


Top Cardiologist Reveals Digestive Trick To Clean Your Bowels

Digestive Trick To Clean Your Bowels “What if you could restore your gut health with one simple fix? According to one doctor in California there may be a way. In fact, he believes it’s so powerful that it could be like a “power wash” for your insides.
What is Samhain?

Quarter Days and Cross-Quarter Days
Halloween has ancient origins. For the Celts, it was a cross-quarter day called Samhain (“summer’s end”) which fell between the fall equinox and winter solstice. Learn about the quarter days and cross-quarter days and how they’ve influenced our modern calendar.
The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Volume 8

Keep youngsters busy for hours with fun facts, fascinating stories, and easy (and educational!) projects and activities!
Light Up the Night!

How to Make Luminarias
Brighten the night! Here’s how to make luminarias in 3 steps. Luminarias are twinkling paper lanterns that add a festive touch for Halloween, Christmas, or a party—especially during the darker nights of late autumn and winter.
Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook

All You Need to Know to Grow! After inspiring and instructing gardeners for 227 years, we have created a single “how to garden” reference book that includes all of our expertise.
Moon and Jupiter Meet-Up Tonight

Crescent Moon and Jupiter Meet-Up Halloween Night
This week’s crescent Moon is extra special. On Halloween night, October 31, see the brightest “star” next to the Moon? That’s Jupiter! Then on November 1 and November 2, the Moon travels to Saturn for another planet meet-up. Here are Bob’s viewing tips.
Feed Sack-Style Couch Pillows

Couch pillows that look like vintage feed sacks. Choose from many different designs. Perfect for a country-themed or farmhouse home.
Freezing Brussels Sprouts

Freezing Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are not the easiest vegetable to grow. I actually gave up on them years ago as they were consistently very small. Then I learned a couple of growing tricks—plus, how to freeze brussels sprouts.
Farmers' Market Cotton Tote Bag

SAVE 30%! This sturdy cotton canvas bag features The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792 logo on one side and the message “Support Your Local Farmers” on the other. Made in the USA.