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Farmers Almanac
The 2017 Farmers Almanac
Farmers' Almanac

Category — Home and Garden

Is It Ripe Yet? How to Tell When to Harvest Common Fruits

Sometimes it’s easy to tell when a fruit is ripe (a tomato turns red), but other times it ‘s tougher (watermelon). Here are helpful harvesting hints for 6 common fruits.

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5 Myths About Bears

Check out these 5 popular myths to see how much you know about bears – they’ll help you stay safe!

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How to Identify Common Wild Berries

Timely tips on how and what to look for when picking wild berries.

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10 Ways to Conserve Water AND Grow Beautiful Gardens

Summer heat creates the need for watering your plants. Check out these 10 strategies that will help you conserve and use water wisely.

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What to Plant to Keep the Bugs Away

Do you know what plants are known to keep bugs at bay? Check out this useful list and get planting.

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Make Your Own Natural Bug Repellent

Whether it’s mosquitoes, fleas or ticks, we could all use some good insect repellents. For your skin, DEET insect repellents are purported to be safe and effective, but many of us would rather use an all-natural product. Read on for how to make your own natural bug “spray.”

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5 Popular Gardening Myths Debunked

Check out this list of common gardening mistakes and misconceptions.

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Mint Growing Tips

Mint makes for a marvelous plant to grow. Get some helpful growing tips as well as a warning about this sweet smelling herb.

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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 1919, 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.

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