Best firewood to burn, nuts for health and weight loss, getting good soil

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, November 6, 2019


The geese honked overhead.
I ran to catch the skein
To watch them as they fled
In a long wavering line.

–May Sarton (1912–95)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac
Best Firewood to Burn

Best Firewood: Heat Values and Wood-Burning Tips
Do you use firewood to heat your home? Here is a list of the best types of firewood to burn—sorted by high, medium, and low heat value—as well as a few important wood-burning tips.


This Is What A Single Diet Soda Drink Does

If you consume soda or know anyone who does, then this is affecting you directly. These foods may be harming you from the inside, and they could be the reason why you are not losing weight, no matter what you have tried. So please watch this shocking presentation before it’s too late…

Nuts' Health Benefits

Gain less weight? Improve heart health? Nuts to that!
Black walnuts fall rat-a-tat-tat onto the metal roof of our (now uninhabited) chicken house; acorns litter my walking paths through the woods. The sight and sound of them falling makes me think of…well, nuts! Not only are they healthy, but they also help with weight control and so much more. Let’s get nuts about one of nature’s most perfect foods.
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.

$8.99 (Save $6)
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How to Make Row Covers

How to Make a Row Cover Tunnel
We’ll show you how to make a simple hooped or low tunnel to protect your plants, extend your harvests, and get even more from your garden.
Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook eBook

All You Need to Know to Grow! After inspiring and instructing gardeners for 227 years, we have created a single “how to garden” reference eBook for your computer or tablet that includes all of our expertise.

Getting Good Soil

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.
Bees Please Water Pitcher

Use this small pitcher as a decoration or to hold to dried flowers.

Fresh Onion Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Our Slow Cooker Fresh Onion Soup is the reason that slow cookers were invented! It’s a no-fuss, hearty soup topped with French bread and creamy cheese.  Mmmm!



Attention weather watchers—reliable resources!

Join The Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Club, and you’ll get reliable resources for people who watch the weather—an attractive weather watcher’s wall calendar, a weather notebook, EXTRA! digital magazine, plus the annual edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.