Who knew the Farmer's Almanac contained so much information?

By Vicki Hyatt | Oct 03, 2012


Although I am a rancher’s daughter and my husband and I are now involved in our own cattle operation, I must confess I’ve never paid much attention to the Farmer’s Almanac.

At the office, we get a number of books I take home to look over, and one of the recent ones was the 2013 Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Naturally there were always discussions that touched on the almanac here or cited information there, but it wasn’t ever much I put a lot of stock in.

I was between book last week so took a few minutes to understand why man swear by such almanacs.

I know the almanac contained tips on gardening and weather, but there is an array of other items I at least found interesting, if not useful. Since there is still time for a fall garden, these are tips that can be used yet this year.

For instance, it would never have occurred to me to soak seeds in hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon of peroxide to each quart of warm water, to encourage them to germinate.

To get rid of slugs on leafy vegetables such as cabbage and salad greens, scatter coffee grounds, pine needles and sand. This impacts earwigs, too.

I have used Epsom salts in a soaking bath after hard workouts that left me nearly unable to walk, but I had never heard of using them to spray tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, which the almanac said is effective.

The weather predictions are actually pretty interesting, too. The Farmers Almanac prides itself on a high percentage of accuracy since its inception in 1792. For the Appalachians, The Farmers Almanac has month-by-month predictions starting this November. Expect lower than average temperatures this winter, with showers in late November and temperatures down to the low ‘20s by the end of December.

January and February will be very cold, while March will have both temperatures and rainfall that’s above average. The almanac predicts weather patterns through Oct. 2013, which is just to far away to worry about.

This year’s almanac also has recipes, information about opossums, which have intelligence on par with a pig and whose young are born just 13 days after breeding, but remain in their mother’s fur-lined pouch  about two months.

There were is a story on the rules for hockey, which I skipped, as well and plenty of astrology and more calendar information that a person would ever need.

There are stories about parenting, as well as gardening tips galore.

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