Best days to plant, clivia for winter cheer, Cuban pork

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, January 9, 2020


For age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.

–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–82)

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Find out who was born today.

Vegetable Gardener's Handbook
Clivia for Winter Cheer

Growing Clivia
The sunny orange blossoms on my Clivia miniata plant contrast nicely with the bleak landscape outside the window this time of year and give hope for spring. They seem to arrive just when we need them the most, after the craziness of the holidays has settled down and the cold of winter has settled in. Learn more about clivia!


3 Warning Signs Your Dog Is Giving You

According to Dr. Marty Goldstein, one of the top veterinarians in the world, many dogs are at risk of serious health issues… but their owners may be missing the warning signs.

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Making Biodegradable Pots

How to Make Biodegradable Garden Pots
If you’re thinking about planting lots of seeds, make biodegradable seed pots. They’re easy to make and they can be transplanted right into the ground when the time comes. Plus, they’re economical! See our video on how to make the seed pots—plus, we’ve included accompanying text instructions.
Farm Sweet Farm Jumbo Coffee Mugs

Large, double-sided, dishwasher-safe mugs. Each mug includes a generously-sized hole that allows coffee to pour out when the mug is tilted.

Best Planting Dates

Planting Calendar
New! Fall Planting Dates! Just enter your location into our Garden Planting Calendar for both spring and last planting dates by zip code.
Duo Fish Ceramic Wind Chime

We like to think Dr. Seuss would have enjoyed our two fish, blue fish ceramic wind chime.

Ever Tried Snowshoeing?

Snowshoeing in the Winter: Tips to Get Started
Snowshoes have come a long way since their origins some 7,000 years ago. Back then, it’s safe to guess that snowshoeing was not considered a leisure winter sport.
Dishwasher-Safe Bamboo Cutting Board with Rooster

This handy cutting board sports a hole in the corner—just like The Old Farmer’s Almanac itself. 

Cuban Mojo Pork

Rocky Mountain Cuban Pork

A loyal reader created this Rocky Mountain Cuban Pork recipe for her daughter, who missed the sour orange trees in her parents’ backyard when she relocated to Colorado.

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.