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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

How to Chip Wood

What do you do when you lose a tree in the backyard? You can cut it up for firewood, but what about all of those branches? Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger demonstrates – with the help of a friend – how to safely and effectively chip wood into mulch.

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.