Summer Meditation #2 – Almanac Knowledge

The Farmers’ Almanac – sounds old-fashioned, but truthfully, it is full of  amazing information. There are a wealth of tips to be found about all sorts of things from gardening to first aid to cooking to animal and insect behavior! Check out these tidbits found in the June and July pages of the Old Farmer’s Almanac Engagement Calendar, 2011 and 2012.

When a worker bee finds a good source of pollen, she returns to the hive and does a waggle dance to direct others to the source. (Hmm – dancing bees!)

Grass stains on denim? Soak in vinegar for an hour and then launder as usual. (Good tip, Mom.)

To ripen green tomatoes, put them into a brown bag along with a ripening banana, and then place the bag in a warm spot. (Love those summer tomatoes.)

To prevent sandwiches from getting soggy, butter the slices of bread before adding any filling. (My mom used to do this and I thought it was weird!)

To soothe a sunburn, grate a raw potato and apply the shavings to the affected area. (I’ll try anything.)

To make a quick salad dressing, pour oil and vinegar into a bottle of ketchup or mustard that has just a tiny bit left at the bottom. (Great idea!)

If you have aphids in your garden, use aluminum foil as mulch. The reflection will drive the pests away. (Hmmm, the power of the sun.)

For delicious tomatoes, pour a cup of beer around the roots after the plant blossoms. repeat once a week until fruit are ripe. (What a great idea!)

When making coleslaw, try using leftover pickle juice in place of vinegar. (Gotcha!)

Attract hummingbirds to your garden by planting red or orange flowers. (Hmmmmm.)

Stomach problems? Eliminate alcohol and tobacco and minimize caffeine intake. (Acid reflux, anyone?)

Spray cucumber vines with sugar water to attract bees and set more fruit. (Here pollinator, over here!)

Mulch strawberry plants with straw or grass clippings to conserve moisture. (Mulch, then munch)

Frozen juice containers make great ice packs for summer coolers. (Ahhhhh.)

Don’t cut salad greens, tear them. Metal from knives may cause leaves to turn brown faster. (Tear away.)

Placing onions in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing will help to prevent tears. (No more tears.)

For a moist and healthy burger, add finely chopped blueberries to lean hamburger meat. (Who’da thought it?)

Enjoy Summer!

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