Groundhog Day and Candlemas, winter pruning tips, Super Bowl dips

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Daily Newsletter for Thursday, January 30, 2020

window pane
Design the winter on the window pane,
Admit pale sun through cobwebs left from autumn;
Remember summer when the flies are stilled;
Remember spring, when the cold spider sleeps
–Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)

Thursday, January 30, 2020
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The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Planner
Groundhog Day and Candlemas

Groundhog Day 2020
Groundhog Day comes from our agricultural past and marks the halfway point to the spring equinox. Here are the facts and folklore about Groundhog Day. It’s so much more than a wacky weather prediction from a plump marmot!


3 Warning Signs Your Olive Oil Is Slowing Your Metabolism

Did you know that buying the wrong olive oil could be putting you and your family’s health at risk? Several brands are made up of artificial ingredients that can lead to dry skin, achy muscles and joints, weight gain, and even heart problems. Learn More….
Ever Seen Clouds With Colors?

Iridescent Clouds and Rainbow Colors
Ever seen rainbow colors in clouds? What you may be seeing is an iridescent cloud. The white fringes of clouds high in the sky are often fringed with cloud color magic!
The Gift of Gardening

The Gift of Gardening is a lovely illustrated book filled with inspirational quotes and interesting facts harvested from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It is perfect for the garden enthusiast. Includes a space to personalize the book with a “To” and “From” section on the first page.
Winter Pruning Tips

Winter Pruning Guide for Trees and Shrubs
Late winter or early spring is the best time time to prune most shrubs and trees—but not all! See our list of which trees and shrubs to prune, and get some general pruning tips for the season.
Vegetable 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Lettuce know if you like this puzzle! Family-time fun. Made in the USA. 
Planning a Square-Foot Garden

Square Foot Garden Plans and Layouts
Square-foot gardening (SFG) is an easy-to-follow method of planting vegetables which makes efficient use of small spaces. It’s especially ideal for beginner gardeners. Here are six complementary SFG garden layouts created by our Almanac readers!
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.
Super Dip Recipes

Time for Super Bowl Dip Recipes!
Are you ready to break out some delicious Super Bowl dip recipes for the big day? Scoop up classic guacamole, spicy buffalo chicken dip, delicious spinach dip, and more!
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook

A gardener’s most useful tool is knowledge from past seasons. Don’t rely on sticky notes or memory! You’ll love our beautiful Gardening Notebook with its waterproof cover—easy to bring to the garden. Keep records so you know when pests arrive and when to put preventative controls in place to avoid damage. Also, track what blossoms when, first and last frost dates, what was planted where, what worked, favorite varieties, what you want to move, and other notes.