Tuesday, August 27, 2013


2014 Old Farmers Almanac with Calendar and historic reprints

I always forget about this until it arrives unexpectedly.  And yesterday, it arrived.  I subscribe to the package that sends me a hardcover version of the venerable gardening standby, The Old Farmer's Almanac.  Included are free gifts too (well, part of the purchase price I would presume, ha).  First, an awesome gardening calendar (that goes in the mudroom) and then reprint copies of their issues from one hundred years ago, 1914, and two hundred years ago, 1814.  Those are always a fascinating read.

I save them all though, hard as it may be, until later in the Fall when the weather is cool and thoughts turn to next Spring.

They sell it above at the Almanac website, and they sell the less expensive softcover on Amazon below by clicking this link The Old Farmer's Almanac 2014

Anyone else read this?  They claim an 80% accuracy.


jaz@octoberfarm said...

i live by it!!! i haven't found one yet so i think i will order it too!

Sandy said...

1st Man,

Have you read where were suppose to have a hard winter??

Tombstone Livestock said...

I too heard it is supposed to be an interesting (hard) winter.

donna baker said...

You have to cut open a wild persimmon seed to see if there is a fork, spoon or knife. I wanted to let you know about an incredible website, if you don't already know about it, foragingtexas.com. This Merriwether guy is a walking encyclopedia of trees, plants... His pics are so good too.

Dani said...

1st Man - Tried commenting on this from my cell phone (again), but for some reason your blog does not allow this to happen.

Lucky you - any info from the days of yore is priceless :)

1st Man said...

They are sometimes hard to find. I love having the hardcover version, and since it comes with free stuff, all the better, ha. Hope you find one!

1st Man said...

Here is a cut and paste for you. They put Texas and Oklahoma together. Looks like you might be in for above normal (slightly) colder and above average snow and rain:

Annual Weather Summary: November 2013 to October 2014

Winter temperatures will be slightly colder than normal, on average, with precipitation and snowfall a bit above normal in Oklahoma and north of The Metroplex. Elsewhere across Texas, temperatures will be above normal, with below-normal rainfall and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in mid- to late December, early January, and early to mid-February, while the snowiest periods across the north will occur in mid- to late December and mid-February.

April and May will be slightly warmer and rainier than normal, on average.

Summer will be hotter and slightly drier than normal, with pockets of major drought likely. The hottest periods will be in early July, mid- to late July, and early to mid-August. Hurricanes should stay east and south of Texas.

September and October will be drier than normal, with temperatures above normal in Texas and below normal in Oklahoma.

1st Man said...

Yes, parts of the country are showing (predicting) really harsh Winter. Stay warm everyone!!

1st Man said...

WOW, what a great website!! Thank you. and he comes here to Houston to speak on occasion. I had no idea about this. I just added it to my favorites. Now I'm off to learn about some of the things I've seen on our property! Thanks!!! :-)

1st Man said...

Oh oh! I'm not sure why that is. I need to check my settings. I've actually edited from my phone, But I'm not sure why it won't let you post. Thanks for the heads up.

Yes, there is SUCH valuable information in the Old Farmer's Almanac and definitely some interesting tidbits in the older reprint copies. I can't wait to see what our weather was like once upon a time. Pretty neat!