It’s gardening season, and there’s no better friend to gardeners than The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
An almanac is a guide that records and predicts astronomical events, tides, weather and other seasonal phenomena. It was the weatherman before the weatherman was even a thing.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac was first published in 1792, making it North America’s oldest continuously-published periodical of all time. It’s been publishing issues for almost 230 years. Founder Robert B. Thomas stated that their purpose was “to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humor.” The Old Farmer’s Almanac was an instant hit, and Thomas’s formula for predicting meteorological events is safely guarded by the Almanac staff to this day. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is no stranger to the Northeast – its offices are based in Dublin, New Hampshire.
In the pages of the Almanac, you’ll discover a Calendar of the Heavens, Calendar of the Year, Time Capsule of the Year and a Reference Book. The Calendar of the Heavens contains tide times, the length of days and the movements of the sun and moon. The Calendar of the Year is a record of annual events, seasonal events and agricultural cycles. The Time Capsule of the Year functions as a snapshot of the mood, big events and trends for the year. The Reference Book is full of tips and advice on various topics.
Here are some books from The Old Farmer’s Almanac that are sure to be useful, but with a pleasant degree of humor.
There’s nothing like the original! The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2021 is the 229th yearly edition, featuring useful, topical resources for any home. As mentioned above, it contains tips, fun facts and predictions for the year. Check out the annual weather forecasts, which are traditionally 80% accurate. You’ll also find info on things like the best fishing days, money-saving advice, gardening tips, recipes, home remedies, folklore and more. Buy it here.
Don’t start your vegetable garden without Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook. If you want to grow your own vegetables, this illustrated, full-color handbook has everything you need to know. Here, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to grow over 30 vegetables, no matter what climate you live in, plus how and why to test your soil. It includes essential reference tables, charts, and even pages for you to take your own notes about your garden. It also features light-hearted and informative anecdotes from other gardeners. It is a must-have for anyone who wants to do some work in the dirt. Buy it here.
There’s no better way to document your gardening endeavors than with Gardening Notebook. This specialized notebook features space to record your experience with your garden, among over 70 lush, full-color illustrations of plants and gardens. Gardeners will also find gardening tips, suggestions and best practices for both indoor and outdoor plants. The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook is meant to serve as a resource that the gardener can reflect on in the future, mixing their own experiences with Almanac expertise. It will help maintain a garden throughout the year, and for many years to come. Buy it here.
The Almanac isn’t just for grown-ups. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids brings the wit and wisdom of their other titles to inquiring young readers. This book is filled with facts and trivia that kids will love to read about, from how Uranus was almost named George to a calculator for predicting snow days. Kids can learn fun facts about every month of the year, the mysteries of weather, historic happenings and the science of space. It’s a great way to introduce young readers to the concept of a reference book, while also providing fun and interesting information. Buy it here.
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