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Six Types of Salt and How...
What single ingredient can make or break a dish? The answer is salt. Many readers ask us about the
different types of salts
—table salt, kosher salt, and so...
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An Apple (Pear or Onion) a Day Really May Keep the Doctor Away
I’ve already blogged about the health benefits of eating a variety of richly pigmented plant...
Plant Pigments and Their Roles in Promoting Health
The chart below follows the previous post encouraging folks to eat more deeply-colored vegetables...
The Name Game
At a time when we seem to be surrounded by sameness, some parents want their children to stand out...
Eat Colorful Plants for Health
Even if you don't grow your own vegetables, you see their fall colors come alive in farmers’...
Birthing, Babies, and Raising Children
You can never be too prepared when it comes to having a baby and raising your children. Check out...
Understanding Your Pet's Behavior
Why do pets eat grass? Why do cats rub against people? The Almanac helps you understand (and love...
What Every Farmer's Child Should Know
Judging from these tips from 1867, the expectations of children between then and now have certainly...
When to Wean Your Baby (1881)
The question of when to wean a baby has plagued new mothers for centuries. Here's Almanac advice...
Signs of a Sick Cat or Dog
Different pets will display sickness symptoms differently, but you should always be on the watch...
Caring for a Senior Pet
Just as with humans, improved health care has meant an increased life span for dogs and cats....
Proper Pet Nutrition: Cat and Dog Food
Keep your pets well with proper nutrition! Here are tips for feeding your dog and cat. Note: Your...
Save Money, Get Fit: Live Inefficiently
Psst! Wanna save money, improve health and fitness, and lower your carbon footprint—simultaneously...
Training for Life
About six weeks after my 40th birthday, we had a freak April storm that dropped 18 inches of wet,...
Never Say "No" to Zucchini!
It’s that time of year: Friends, neighbors, coworkers, even some side-of-the-road vegetable vendors...
Natural Remedies for Cough Relief
Coughs, while rarely serious, can be really annoying! Some of these natural remedies can provide...
How To Have A Baby
(Here's an article from the Almanac archives with some tongue-in-cheek advice about having a baby...
How to Make Vegetable Stock Out of Kitchen Scraps
Why throw out what may be the most healthful and flavorful parts of the foods you prepare regularly...
How To Start a Fire With a Hand Drill
Notch a V in the edge of the softwood base (the fireboard) and rest the softwood on the ground. At...
Swimmer’s Itch: Prevent and Treat It
Every spring we welcome a few passing ducks and geese to our small backyard pond. Often a pair or...
Natural ways to tame bad smells
Part 1: neutralizing odors around the house, in the car Neuroscientists say humans can distinguish...
Ice or Heat: Home Remedies for Pain
When should you use ice or heat? Find out how to make cold packs and heat packs, as well as when to...
Preserving Meats by Salting and Brining
Certainly among the oldest ways of reliably preserving meats, salting and brining have given the...
How to Make Jelly
Perhaps the prettiest sight in the kitchen is homemade jelly. There is nothing like a row of clear...
Essentials for the down-home household
A baker’s dozen of safe, cheap, natural, multi-purpose essentials Most of us keep a few basics on...
Earwax buildup? Olive oil to the rescue
Every four or five years, I suffer a temporarily deafening buildup of ear wax. It usually hits me...
Onion skins for health (and more)
Admit it, the crisp, flaky outer scales of the onions you use in soups, salads, and casseroles...
Uses for Peanut Butter You've Probably Never Tried*
From shaving cream and leather polish to mousetrap bait, peanut butter gets the job done *If you or...
Recipes for Pet Treats
Remember the important dogs, cats, and birds in your life by making these recipes for pet treats....
Introducing Down Home
Down HomeFrugal, natural, at-hand: simple ideas for health & household Welcome! Dictionaries...
Getting Rid of Paper Clutter
Getting rid of clutter makes your life a little easier. Doing away with paper clutter is so easy;...
Decorating With Curtains
Do you want to make a room in your house look fresh with a whole new look? One of the most...
Pet Proofing Your Home
You can't teach an old dog new tricks, but he can certainly teach you some. You have to pet-proof...
Uses for an Old Toothbrush
Before throwing the old toothbrush out, take a look at what it can do to improve the small things...
Losing Weight and Reducing Food Cravings
Shedding those extra pounds to lose weight may seem impossible, but with these 10 weight-loss...
Clean House with Tropical Plants
NASA calls it Sick Building Syndrome. I know it as a stuffy house that needs a good airing, as my...
How to Cure a Headache
Watch editor Janice Stillman as she explains headache cures and remedies from The Old Farmer’s...
Seasonal Crafts: How to Make a Pumpkin-Seed Necklace
This year, when you hollow out that Halloween pumpkin, save the seeds to make a cool and colorful...
Natural Remedies: Stomach Ache
A sour stomach is no fun—Check out our natural remedies for soothing your stomach ache, and tips...
All the Right Reasons to Raise Pigs
Did you know that agriculture itself could scarcely have evolved eons ago without the recycling...
Miniature Farm Animals and Livestock
Diminutive breeds are a perfect choice for small, or hobby farms. Miniature farm animals mature at...
Hen Selection: Which breed is right for you?
With more than 100 recognized breeds to choose from, hen selection is your first high hurdle. Are...
How Much Do You Need: Interior Paint
Looking to paint a room in your house but aren’t sure the measurements? Find out how much paint you...