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Pet Crickets and Cricket...
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The Best Uses for Baking Soda
Baking soda is amazing! This versatile substance can be used to remove stains, keep your sneakers...
How to Make Fire Cider
Fire cider boosts your health with herbs stewed in apple cider vinegar. See how to make this...
Celery: Bland and Boring? Not So Fast!
Celery is one of the most underrated vegetables. Most people would never think of this humble stalk...
Reuse, Renew, and Refresh: In the Kitchen
Here are our 8 best tips to reuse and renew in the kitchen! Tired of the disposable lifestyle? It’s...
Sharpening the New Year's Resolution: 10x
I was given a magnifying glass for Christmas. It’s a fine brass one, with all sorts of knobs and...
Stir-Fry Recipe With Bone Broth
Here’s one of my favorite Stir-Fry recipes using bone broth. It’s good for you and good tasting!...
Surviving Winter Travel Weather!
Hello Almanac readers, Do you know what Old Farmers really do in the winter? They travel to...
Where the Wild Things Are: November
November the first. You’ve unmothballed your winter sweaters and laid in a supply of hand-warmers....
Cranberries: Get ’Em While You Can
Among only a few native North American fruits cultivated commercially in the modern era,...
How to Carve a Pumpkin
When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve got tips on carving the best...
How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore
Cold sores can be a real pain in the… lip. Learn what causes cold sores and some natural cold sore ...
10 Quick Tips to Preserve Vegetables, Herbs, and Fruit
What to do with the bounty from your garden? Freeze it, pickle it, dry it, store it! Here are 10...
Pet Crickets and Cricket Facts
Have you ever considered having a chirping cricket as a house pet? Here are some facts and tips for...
Watering Wisely in the Garden
Let’s explore some smart ways to save water in the garden. An inch of water a week, is that too...
The Garden: My Favorite Reality Show
We’ve probably been using gardens as metaphors ever since humans began tending them. What happens...
Five Health Foods You Probably Aren't Eating (or Might Consider Eating More Of)
Most plain fruits and vegetables are nutrient-dense. But on my long walk today, I started thinking...
Purslane: Health Benefits and Recipes
Purslane, or Portulaca oleracea, is a garden weed that is edible and has many health benefits. Find...
Poison Oak: Identification and Treatment
“Leaves of three, let it be!” “Hairy vine, no friend of mine!” Learn how to spot poison oak, tell...
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
A fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid of fruit flies,...
Benefits of Mint Plants: Medicinal, Culinary, and More
What do you know about the mint family, Lamiaceae, the sixth- or seventh-largest of the flowering...
10 Great Reasons to Line Dry Your Laundry
Why would people line dry their laundry when dryers have been invented? I’ll give you ten great...
Plight of the Bumblebee
After reading last fall about the drastic decline in bumblebee populations in my state, I feared I...
Mosquito Repellents and Bite Remedies
Use these natural mosquito repellents and mosquito bite remedies to keep the mosquitoes away and ...
How to Use a Paintbrush
The following 10 pointers on how to choose and use paintbrushes are crucial to a seamless, low-...
When I am asked what the most difficult aspect of raising backyard chickens is, without hesitation...
Chicken Coop Design Considerations
There is no one perfect chicken coop design for a small backyard flock, but whether you are...
Home Remedies for Pets
Here are some valuable home remedies for dogs and cats that can keep your pet’s tail wagging and...
Tomato Growing Tips
Tomatoes are the ultimate backyard crop, and growing them is easier than you might think. These...
Homemade Shampoos, Toothpaste, & Deodorant
Explore our recipes for homemade toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos, and more. Our DIY toiletry...
What Are Essential Oils (And What Do They Do)?
Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of headlines about essential oils in connection to health. What are...
Which Plastics Are Recyclable By Number?
This plastics identification chart should make recycling and sorting your plastic a little easier....
Raising Ducks for Eggs
Ever thought about raising ducks for eggs in your backyard? Why raise ducks instead of (or, in...
The Evolution of the American Barn
Who doesn’t enjoy catching sight of an American barn when they drive down the road? Discover the...
Best Uses for Peanut Butter
Peanut butter sure is delicious, but did you know that it’s useful, too? From shaving cream and...
The Best Chicken Breeds for Your Backyard
With more than a hundred breeds of chickens to choose from, it can be challenging trying to figure...
Native Bees: The Best Pollinators for Your Garden
The super-pollinators of the garden are … native bees! While honeybees have their place, it’s our...
Cats and Weather—The Folklore
You can blame this blog on my cat sprawling on my computer when I was trying to write this weather ...
Why We Wake Up Stiff and Achy
Do you grunt, groan, and ratchet yourself to a standing position as you get out of bed in the...
Leg Cramps at Night: Causes and Remedies
Eeow! Startled from a deep sleep, you suddenly come to with a shriek, as your calf, thigh, or maybe...
Is Cracking Joints Bad for You? Why Do Joints Crack?
Is cracking knuckles bad for you? Why do joints crack? Maybe you’ve picked up this common habit ...
Spring Allergies and Sufferin' Sinuses
In most regions of the nation, spring brings on a pollen assault. For days, sometimes weeks, pollen...
Asparagus: Health Benefits
Yep, asparagus is good for you, so even if you don’t grow it yourself, grab a big bunch from a...