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Sweet Refrigerator Pickles
I thought it was about time I learned about pickling after a coworker brought in her homemade sweet...
Signs of Autumn: Birds, Leaves, and Fading Sunlight
Hawks migrating, bears foraging, acorns falling. Signs of fall are all around. Anyone who’s sweated...
How to Make Herbal Tea
Discover the best herbs for tea and how to make a good, flavorful cup of herbal tea! Not only do...
5 Signs of Spring: Birds, Peepers, and Tree Buds
Every year, we patiently look for the first signs of spring in the air—leaves budding, birds...
Poor Man's Turtles
Take me into a candy shop any day, anywhere, and I will walk out with a turtle every time. No...
How to Keep Warm in Winter
Where I live, winter temperatures are often in the single digits, but no matter where you live,...
12 Uses for Mint Leaves From Health to Home
How do you use extra mint leaves? Here are 12 marvelous uses for mint around the home and garden—...
Making Maple Syrup: Good and Good for You!
What is “real” maple syrup? What makes good maple syrup weather? How are trees tapped? What are...
How to See Orion: The Hunter Constellation
In December, many people start to notice Orion the Hunter in the night sky. It’s one of the most...
Blog: What Is Pumpkin Chunkin?
This autumn, I drove past an unusual site in rural New Hampshire: a giant contraption towering...
Power Outages: What to Do Before, During, and After an Outage
What should you do in case of a power outage? Having survived many power outages, here are some of...
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...
Do Hummingbirds See Red?
I love to watch the hummingbirds at my bird feeders. A friend told me hummingbirds are more...
In, then out, of a pickle
When an Almanac colleague and gardener greeted me one day with,”Good morning! I left a bag of...
Gardening in the Woods
Gardening in the woods can be a challenge, especially when you love plants and flowers. But near...
Blog: The Almanac Christmas Party
Every December, we cook up a storm for the annual Almanac Christmas party. Here are photos of the...
What It's Like to See the Northern Lights
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to see the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis), I had the...
Ornamental Edible Vegetables
Every January, the members of my community garden have a potluck supper, during which we thumb seed...
Blog: Your Backyard Birds: What Birds Have You Seen?
At breakfast, I sit near my backyard window and listen to birds’ sweet songs in the morning light....
Cloud Shapes 5: What Do You See?
For the past four months, we’ve shown you photos of clouds that might remind you of a certain...
Cloud Shapes 4: What Do You See?
It’s amazing how invisible water vapor can condense into tiny water droplets or ice particles,...
Cloud Shapes 3: What Do You See?
Clouds are always changing shape. Occasionally, they’ll morph into a familiar form, such as an...
Cloud Shapes 2: What Do You See?
If you like to look for familiar shapes in clouds, you’ve come to the right spot. Every few weeks,...
Sleeping with Bananas and Other Ways to Overwinter Tropicals
Yes, I sleep with bananas all winter long. A ‘Super Dwarf Cavendish’ banana plant, that is. It’s...
Travel Safe Monarchs
A week ago, I waved goodbye to the last Monarch butterflies that hatched in my garden on the...
I find that getting seeds to germinate properly is the most difficult aspect of planting the garden...
May is always a hectic month for me. Here, in the northeast, the gardening season is short and ...
Fresh Fruit Crisp: My Easy Last-Minute Dessert
I never plan ahead with my desserts unless it's a special occasion. So, the old-fashioned fruit...
What's In Bottled Drinks?
What exactly is in bottled drinks? Many advertise that they are good for you, but what are the...
Tomatoes: Fruit or Vegetable?
Last blog I asked you what edibles you would plant if you were limited to only three. The response...
An Insider's Look at The Old Farmer's Almanac
Ever wondered what it might be like to work for The Old Farmer’s Almanac? I’m a college intern here...
Cookie Cutters – a Holiday Baking Essential
Baking and decorating cookies for family and friends (and, for Santa, of course) is a favorite...
Reward Your dog with a Healthy Treat
Let’s be honest, if you’re a dog lover, it’s nearly impossible to say no to those sad eyes,...
Enlightened About Soy Candles
With the daylight hours waning and the nights getting cooler, my favorite season is approaching....
How's Your Garden Growing (2011)?
How’s your garden growing this year? Please share below! I asked this question last year and...
Lavender and Marshmallow Tea
Have you ever wondered about experimenting with different herbs to make the perfect cup of tea? If...
Blog: Share Your Vegetable Photos!
Late in the harvest, we often find some extra-large veggies. This morning, I finally pulled up a...
Tomato Tarte Tatin Recipe—It’s Dessert!
As much as I love roasted Roma tomatoes, Tomato Tarte Tatin, which appeared in the August issue of...
Blog: Summer Reading
There is something special about summer reading. Sitting back in the porch rocker with a glass of...
Blog: My Feathery Friends
Through the summer, I have suet hanging on a hook on my deck next to the hummingbird feeder. I can...
Blog: Garden Prep, Planting Lettuce, and Picking Rhubarb (yea!)
This past weekend, I hauled compost from the recycling center across the road. (I make my own but...
Blog: Getting Growing
Yesterday, I put in my first big day at the community garden: about three hours of turning the dry...