The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been around for 2 centuries and the advice given to people ranges from living naturally, natural remedies to birding and fishing. For those who have home gardens or farms, follow their advice for the ideal time to plant seeds to how to water the plants wisely. They cover a wide range of subjects. They have an annual publication that comes out every September. The Old Farmer’s Almanac does not have a web shop, but their calendars, cookbooks and journals are available in stores. Here are some fun and practical tips you can learn from the Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening.
- Save water during droughts or in times when saving water is crucial - as per law. The best tip is to build your soil with a lot of compost to make it richer. Such a rich soil easily absorbs water and so it will require less water.
- Water deeply but do it only every 6 days or so. Doing this will help encourage roots to grow.
- Use drip irrigation instead of sprinklers. Sprinklers waste a lot of water. When plants remain dry, there is less chance of diseases. You can automate the watering process once you have decided on a schedule.
- Add compost to the soil only during the day so it remains active and makes the soil rich.
- According to the The Old Farmer’s Almanac, planting during different cycles of the moon affects the growth of the crop. They are strong advocates of “Planting by the Moon”.
- Flowers and vegetables that bear fruit above ground should be planted during “light of the moon”.
- Vegetables that bear below ground should be planted during “dark of the moon”.