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Editors' musings, reflections, and ideas
Many Uses of Mint for Health and Home!
What do you know about the mint family, Lamiaceae, the sixth- or seventh-largest of the flowering...
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...
5 Signs of Spring: Birds, Peepers, and Tree Buds
Isn’t it nice to wake up and hear the birds singing? If you observe closely, the first signs of...
How to Keep Warm in Winter
Where I live, winter temperatures are often in the single digits, but no matter where you live,...
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...
What a Woolly Worm Knows
It’s time again to shine the spotlight on a certain caterpillar—the woolly worm! According to...
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...
Blog: Signs of Autumn
It’s my favorite time of year again. Autumn is in the air. Anyone who’s sweated their way through a...
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...
Easy Halloween Dinner Recipe Ideas
Cook up a Halloween dinner for something fun! Here is an easy Halloween menu with three recipes for...
In, then out, of a pickle
When an Almanac colleague and gardener greeted me one day with,”Good morning! I left a bag of...
The Easiest Pickles Ever
I thought it was about time I learned about canning and preserving after a coworker brought in her...
Blog: Gardening in the Woods
Gardening in the woods can be a challenge, especially when you love plants and flowers. But the...
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 bottled drinks advertise that they are good for you, but...
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...
Poor Man's Turtles
Take me into a candy shop any day, anywhere, and I will walk out with a turtle every time. No...
Cookie Cutters – a Holiday Baking Essential
Baking and decorating cookies for family and friends (and, for Santa, of course) is a favorite...
Ever Been Stung?
While getting stung by an insect is certainly no fun, at least one entomologist has found a way...
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,...
Unearthing Gifts from the Earth
Potato Harvesting Traditions on a Family Farm in Maine Cully Colantino, age 13, tells me that...
Wood Warms You Twice (or maybe seven times)
According to an old saying wood warms you when you cut it and when you burn it. I don’t agree. I...
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...
Mosquito Repellent (Hopefully)
My son’s sandbox is near the patio. Our patio is also where the grill lives. Thus, during the...
Wondering About Watercress
The fun of gardening, to me, is trying to grow something different, as well as planting reliable...
There was a time when I had hours to devote to my gardens. I fought the pesky bugs, creepy pests,...