Just when I thought I knew a boat-load of growing, gardening, and preserving foodstuff, along comes my old faithful Farmers Almanac and throws me for a loop.
by Beth Herman
Half of the unique uses I did know, but there is also half that I did not know:
- #5. Remove Excess Salt from Soups and Casseroles – WOW!
- #8 Combat Dandruff – go figure!
- #11 I would never do. Apples are way too yummy and expensive to use as crafts.
What great little tidbits of information they were so kind to share. I just had to pass their share on to you.
I love that they have been around for over a century since 1792 to be exact. They have garnered so many amazing bits of information. I can’t just call it gardening help, because they offer so much more. They still create (in print no less) a fantastic almanac faithfully every year with loads of information to deal with the year ahead. I LOVE THAT!
Every single one of the emails I receive from them contains something that I just need to read or know more about. I don’t think there was ever an email from them that I did not get some new information.
One of the biggest reasons we chose this place to build our farm/retirement life was because we were amazed at the information sharing, right from day one.
The day we moved out here we had a huge moving van with all our Denver belongings in it. I clearly remember that we (moving men and us) were struggling with getting the 100+-year-old piano out of the van and into the old farmhouse (grass and tiny little wheels do not go together). After someone finally figured out that laying down the wood planks they used for unloading onto the grass would make a great walkway for the piano to roll; an old Ford Bronco pulled into our driveway.
A man all dressed up in a head-to-toe white suit stepped out and watched our maneuvering of the piano. Once I was sure everyone had it, I went over to the guy. My initial thought was terror “OMG, we just bought a place that has toxic waste, and the EPA was here to shut us down or make us bare the expense of cleaning it up!” As I got closer, he smiled and said:
WHAT? I was flabbergasted! Got bees? We were now close enough to hear each other and he began explaining that he was a beekeeper and with the drought, noticed that we had a pond. He would love to put some bees on our property and pulled in to say hello and would it be ok?
This is how we initially met one of our best friends – Keith and his wife, Judy. We share information and help here just like the Farmers Almanac has done for centuries, except we have only been here 18 years.
We have made tons of fantastic friends here, and each has different things to share. I love that we may all have different political views and religious beliefs but have a common love of the land and all things growing.
Hmm, maybe if we can elect world leaders that thought more about caring for the land and sharing useful information to improve life, we would all live in a great world.
(I LOVE this song – had to end with this – enjoy!)
You can also check me out at: https://lifelessonslived.com/ for all the fun things I have learned in life.