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Grab an Apple
I’ve blogged about apples before, but it’s time for an update since it’s apple harvest season. Find...
Go Native: Why Garden With Native Plants?
Native plants are a natural choice for a low-maintenance, sustainable landscape. It may seem...
Firescaping Your Yard and Garden
What can you do to protect your home if you live in an area prone to fire? Learn about “...
Not Just Weather Lore: Bears in the Backyards
Mom! There’s a bear in the backyard! Californians are beginning to learn why their state flag has a...
How to Grow Strawberries From Runners
Strawberries produce long, leafless stalks called runners. These can be used to propagate new...
Seed Starting and Planting Date Calculator
Find seed-starting dates for your first spring planting. These dates are based on historical frost...
Our ancestors knew how to preserve food—they had root cellars, storing large amounts of produce in...
Parsley: Don’t Leave It on Your Plate
Ah, parsley. Its lovely green leaves dress up a plate but often return to the kitchen sink soggy....
5 Ways to Control Potato Blight
Potato blight first shows itself as brownish-black spots on leaves, but before long the potato...
Summer Corn Chowder
I love a lot of things about summer, but one in particular is the sweet crunch of fresh corn on the...
Preventing Pests and the Big Bug Hunt
After weeks of care, having your harvest destroyed by a sudden influx of pests can be extremely ...
How to Water Plants for Healthy Growth
Keep plants hydrated and happy on hot days! It’s sounds easy, however, it’s very important to know...
In the Garden with Celeste: Freezing Corn
In this blog, we are going to explore many various opportunities to raise and preserve our own or...
Cooking Fresh: Summer Squash Bake
Garrison Keillor once said that July is the only time of year when country people lock their cars...
Great Garden Ideas: What's Old is New Again
Add interest to your garden with ideas that repurpose old things and make them new again. Where to...
Helping the Bees and the Butterflies
Bees and butterflies have been experiencing drastic declines in the past few years. Many believe...
Help the Bees! Easy Ways to Attract Bees to Your Garden
Learn how to plan a bee-friendly garden and attract beneficial pollinating insects to your plants—...
How to Fix Composting Problems
Does your compost sometimes have a slimy texture, bad smell or decompose slowly? Here are some...
How to Make Biodegradable Garden Pots
To help you save a little money, why not try our simple homemade plant pot ideas? In this video, we...
5 Steps to a Highly Productive Garden
Whether you’re starting a new garden or working with the same space as last year, a few simple...
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...
Growing Tomatoes: Choosing and Starting the Best Tomato Varieties
Here's gardening advice on how to choose the best tomato variety. We also demonstrate how to give...
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...
Travels of a Country Mouse
When a Country Mouse heads to the city to visit family, he tries to act metropolitan. He obeys...
How to Store and Use Extra Garden Vegetables
After putting so much time and effort into raising healthy plants, it's important to make use of...
If, like me, you grow or receive more zucchini in August than you know what to do with, this post...
Garden Pests: Controlling Slugs and Snails
Slugs and snails are often named as the gardener's worst enemy, but there are many ways in which...
The Night Sky Garden
I love attending garden tours and shows. This past summer, I was entranced by a garden called “The...
Drying Basil, Tomatoes and Paprika
Drying is one of the oldest forms of preservation in the world. Virtually all indigenous tribes...
Grow Your Own Avocado Tree
Yes, you can grow your own avocado tree from a pit—if you have patience. Remove the pit from an...
Cinderella in Silk
Midnight. A whomp against the window: a glimpse of wings. Big wings. Birds leave feather-traces...
Weeds You Can Eat
Weeding your garden is important to give your vegetables and herbs the best possible chance to grow...
The Butterfly Effect
PLEASE NOTE: We have permission to share The Butterfly Effect video with Almanac readers for a...
10 Quick Tips for a Successful Vegetable Garden
Gardening is always a learning process! Here are ten quick tips handed down from experienced ...
Feeding Your Plants for Free
There are many commercial products available to feed your plants with, but you can't beat making...
Chelsea Flower Show: Choose Your Favorite Garden
This year, I had the fortune of visiting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in England—which is over one...
Urban Homesteading: Using Traditional Wisdom for an Urban Vegetable Garden
If your home is in an urban area, you can adapt traditional homesteading values to help you live...
Saving Money in the Garden
Interested in which crops provide the highest value for you and your family? Growing crops that are...
Fresh-Cut, Roasted Asparagus
My parents visited Walla Walla, WA, this weekend and stopped by our house on their way home on...
Using Containers in Your Garden
Growing in containers is different to traditional gardening, so it's important to understand the...
Grow More With Less Effort
What if you could reap 100% of the harvest using 20% of the space and 2% of the work? Square-Foot...
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