A Blast from the Past – The Old Farmer’s Almanac

What’s better at removing beet-stains from hands than soap? Peeled potatoes.

How can you grow up to 10 times more produce in one space of your garden? Raise your beds.

What’s the minimum hours a day of sunshine most veggies need? 6.

What flower will leave your garden smelling like raspberry or vanilla? The Mignonette

What’s a good veggie to plant today? A tomato.

When is the next full solar eclipse? August 1st, 2008.

What publication provided accurate weather, astronomical, tidal forecasts and tips on farming and household life before from the time of weather.com and Martha Stewart? The Old Farmer’s Almanac, of course!

The Old Farmer’s almanac was one of many almanacs established during George Washington’s presidency. A yearly publication, there have been 216 editions, to date! This particular almanac’s longevity and success is due to its accuracy (during World War 2 it was discovered on a German spy and the U.S. government chastised it’s publishers for providing valuable weather information to the enemy!)

Inside you’ll find recipes, all kinds of information on planting and tending a garden, weather forecasts, astronomical forecasts, and little helpful and interesting tidbits. If it was a good source for farmers when most of the country was agricultural society, it is definitely good enough for my garden!

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