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In, then out, of a pickle
When an Almanac colleague and gardener greeted me one day with,”Good morning! I left a bag of...
Fall Vegetable Garden Planning - Choosing the Best Plants for Autumn Growing
In this video, we demonstrate how you can select plants for your fall garden by choosing vegetables...
Information About Plants: Vegetables, Herbs, & Fruit Guides
Welcome to our Growing Guides to vegetables, herbs, and fruit! Planting a vegetable garden? Our...
You Gotta Love Lentils
There’s nothing homelier—or, homier—than a steaming bowl of ordinary green/brown lentil soup. But,...
Leek Soup to Help You Lose Weight
Soup can be an excellent food for dieters, as eating a soup course like leek soup before your...
Growing Cherry Tomatoes
One of the joys of summer is standing in the garden eating sun-warmed cherry tomatoes right off the...
Best Rhubarb Recipes
Ready for rhubarb recipes? We love a good rhubarb pie, but we also love a rhubarb cake, rhubarb jam...
Broccoli: Health Benefits
Broccoli has many health benefits that make it really good for you and your family, so even if you...
Leafy Greens: Health Benefits
Aside from supplying conventional nutrients, all leafy greens (especially the deeply colored ones)...
Beets: Health Benefits
The humble beet, steamed, boiled, roasted, pickled, borscht’ed—but especially served raw—is...
Vegetable Seedling Pictures and Identification
When plants are very young and just tiny seedlings, many people find that it’s hard to tell the...
Kale: Can’t get into it? Try a massage
I knew I hadn’t failed childrearing entirely the night my young daughter walked into the kitchen...
When to Plant Peas
“Plant peas as soon as the ground can be worked” is a popular saying in the gardening world....
Pulses Recipes: Cooking With Beans, Peas, Lentils, Chickpeas
Here are 12 delicious recipes using pulses—lentils, peas, beans, and other dried legumes. What are ...
Carrots: Health Benefits
Carrots offer even more health benefits than the Vitamin A you might know about. Plus they’re...
Hot Peppers for Health & Happiness
Last summer we harvested a bumper crop of Anaheim-type chili peppers, many of which I roasted,...
Growing Sweet Potatoes
One vegetable that I love but had never grown before this year is the sweet potato. Sweet potatoes...
How to Save Your Tomato Seeds Successfully
Growing heritage or heirloom tomatoes helps preserve this fantastic diversity of fruit for future ...
Summer Corn Chowder
I love a lot of things about summer, but one in particular is the sweet crunch of fresh corn on the...
Cooking Fresh: Summer Squash Bake
Garrison Keillor once said that July is the only time of year when country people lock their cars...
Kale Salad Recipe From The Old Farmer's Almanac Garden Guide
Today, we are making a fantastic kale salad recipe from the new 2015 edition of The Old Farmer's...
How to Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Learn how to pick the perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch! Here are 5 pumpkin picking tips from...
How to Freeze Spinach and Other Greens
Here are tips on how to freeze spinach, swiss chard, and beet greens so that you can enjoy them at...
If, like me, you grow or receive more zucchini in August than you know what to do with, this post...
Drying Basil, Tomatoes and Paprika
Drying is one of the oldest forms of preservation in the world. Virtually all indigenous tribes...
Over-the-counter Herbs For Self-Health?
Have you considered trying an over-the-counter (OTC) herbal remedy to treat a medical condition, or...
Fall Tasks: Harvest, Store & Plant
Like you, I’m harvesting vegetables and fruits from my garden and preparing them for storage. I...
Strategic Moves: Tips for Easier Gardening
Strategic Moves, Stuart Wood’s New York Times best-selling mystery, is one of my favorite books,...
Succession Planting using the Garden Planner
Succession Planting is where you grow more than one crop in the same area of ground during...
Antiquity Blooms in My Garden
All the historical, antique, or heirloom plants in my gardens put on spectacular shows. I’ve...
Taste Summer Now with Strawberry Rhubarb Pie!
In grocery stores and at farmers’ markets all over, fresh fruit and berries are beginning to appear...
March is Jam-Packed with New Plants and Ideas
I thought I’d seen all the new stuff for 2013. Wrong! Two veteran seed companies have sprung a...
Salad from Garbage
I couldn’t believe what I saw on Facebook a couple weeks ago—lettuce growing in a glass of water. ...
The Color Purple
I love purple, from my favorite plum designer-knockoff handbag to violet pansies in my late winter ...
Catalogues & More on Onions
Seed catalogue companies mostly send out their magazines in December. This is the period when most...
Invasion of the Garden Catalogs
The first one arrived in mid-November. My mailbox still overflows daily with garden catalogs. I...
An Almanac Minute: Jack-o'-lanterns
Do you know the origins and history of the Jack-o’-lantern? Here’s the scoop on carved pumpkins—in...
The Great Pumpkin
New England state fairs made pumpkin history in late September. Just one day after a New Hampshire...
Potpourri: from the best annuals to giant cabbages
As I begin autumn cleanup, it’s productive to observe what grew the best, bloomed the most...
Making Garlic Powder
Garlic is a wonderful and powerful savory addition. It jazzes up many recipes and also contains...
More Winding Down a Difficult Season
If you garden in an area not affected by drought, you may wonder why I’m obsessing. #1: High...
Broccoli has many followers and also abundant detractors. For those who have only tasted the...
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