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The Old Farmer's Almanac

The 300-year old almanac has guided generations

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If your grandparents farmed, chances are they got a brand new copy of the Old Farmer's Almanac each year. The guide, which got its start way back in 1792, offers long-range weather predictions based on solar science, climatology and meteorology. It also contains information on gardening and livestock, and offers predictions for lifestyle, culture and industry trends.

Radio interview source: Janice Stillman, editor, The Old Farmer's Almanac

Here are some resources for both old farmers and country-dwellers of all ages:

NWS Climate Prediction Center: The National Weather Service provides national monthly temperature prediction maps for the next 12 months.

Old wives' tales: Do plants really grow better when you sing, talk or play music for them? Learn the truth behind this and other gardening-related old wives' tales.

Age-old moon gardening growing in popularity: More gardeners today are turning to the moon for sage advice on the best time to plant, prune, weed, and harvest. The practice, known as moon or lunar gardening, centers on the moon's gravitational effect on the flow of moisture in soil and plants. Learn more in an article from National Geographic.

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