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Inside the 2012 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac

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You will find tons of informative articles, helpful hints, Canadian weather and gardening advice and much more. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the articles you will read about in the 2012 Canadian Farmers’ Almanac:

  • Will the world end on 12.21.12?
  • Are there really 3 Friday the 13ths in 2012? (Plus tips on how to stay lucky on the notoriously unlucky day)
  • How to use clouds to predict the weather.
  • What a winter of “Clime and Punishment” means.
  • When the best days in 2012 are to fish, hunt, buy a car, and quit smoking…
  • And much, much more.

Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite stories from this year’s newest edition…

Time-Honored Traditions that May NOT Stand the Test of Time

By Judy Kneiszel

When was the last time you ate dinner on fine china? Or received a bread and butter note? How about a post card? Is technology replacing too many traditions? Find out what traditions we think are slowly fading away on page 16.

How to have a Nice Yard without going Broke: 5 Cost-effective Landscaping Projects

By Glenn Morris

Landscaping is costly, but many garden improvements are within the reach of a do-it-yourself weekend gardener’s budget. The secret is to expend muscle power instead of money. Check out some manageable landscape projects that you can try when time is on your side on page 26.

Coffee and Alcohol: Good or Bad for You?

By Deborah Stafford Tukua

Ancient civilizations thought beer and wine could cure more than one hundred illnesses. But for years, coffee and alcohol have been branded as bad guys in the beverage family. Do these drinks deserve their bad reputations? The latest studies may prompt you to raise a mug and cheer. Find out why on page 100.

Choosing a Native Ground Cover

By Elisabeth Bailey

A rolling lawn of green grass–it’s the ground cover of choice for a majority of Canadians, and so popular that many people don’t even consider anything else. Not all Canadian climates are hospitable to lawns, however, and these days an increasing number of property owners are seeking low-care solutions that will lessen the environmental impact of their yard. Turn to page 32 for some top picks for ground covers other than grass.

Learn How to Can and Freeze

By Deborah Stafford Tukua

Useful tips and techniques for preserving fresh produce, including recipes for pickles, tomato sauce, and chutney. Learn how to preserve your harvest on page 36.

Do Humans Follow a Seasonal Cycle?

By Dr. Lisa Belisle

We are told that there is a season for everything: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to reap. Is there any truth to these cyclical suggestions? More than you may realize. Learn more about how seasonal cycles affect our health on page 109.

Plant a Row, Grow a Row — Feeding Canadian Neighbors.

Check out our article on a growing organization in Canada — Plant a Row, Grow a Row. The concept is simple — you grow some extra food in your garden and share it with neighbors who can use it. It’s a wonderful way to help those less fortunate. Check out the details on page 112.

If you notice a hole in the upper left-hand corner of your Farmers' Almanac, don't return it to the store! That hole isn't a defect; it's a part of history. Starting with the first edition of the Farmers' Almanac in 1818, readers used to nail holes into the corners to hang it up in their homes, barns, and outhouses (to provide both reading material and toilet paper). In 1910, the Almanac's publishers began pre-drilling holes in the corners to make it even easier for readers to keep all of that invaluable information (and paper) handy.