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What is the Farmer’s Almanac and Should I be Using It?

December 07, 2012 1 min read

Farmers AlmanacFor hundreds of years people have been using the Farmers’ Almanac for a multitude of reasons. If you have ever wondered what it is and if you should be using it, we’re here to lay out a few Almanac basics to help you decide if this over-one-century-old garden staple is what you could be missing.

According to Wikipedia, the Farmers’ Almanac is a North American periodical that has been in publication since 1818! It is most famous for its long-range weather prophecies, and astronomical information. The publishers have a ‘secret mathematical formula’ for predicting weather patterns and activity. They also claim that their readers attribute nearly an 85% accuracy rate to yearly forecasts.

The Almanac is not entirely written in mathematical and technical terms. In fact, it uses a good dose of trivia and humor to keep it light and entertaining. This time honored book also gives tips and advice for sustainable living, gardening, food preparation, and conservation.

Your garden might be largely out of sight during the off-season, but it doesn’t have to be out of mind. Now is a great time to prepare for next year and come up with a game plan to maximize the most from your landscaping endeavors. The Farmers’ Almanac just might help!

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