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Gather the Pears, Take Care with Squash ~

Today we step into our Almanac time machine and travel seventy-eight years ahead to 1918. Yes, we are going to explore the pages of The Old Farmer's Almanac dated October 1918 to ponder sage words and learn about the concerns of the gardeners of the time. Enjoy!

"A purple bloom is creeping o'er the ash ~

Dull wine against the day,

While dusky cedars wear a crimson sash

Of woodbine's kindled spray."

~ John Burroughs

Excerpt from

The Old Farmer's Almanac

October 1918

Click image to see a PDF you can zoom as large as you desire.

By 1918 people were realizing the nutritional value of nuts and the importance of the nut harvest. They had a growing concern for the diminishing chestnut production in the northeast and were encouraging people to begin conservation and cultivation of this valuable resource.

Garden Chores:

Save money and buy feed for livestock as a community endeavor.

Bank your celery - not your salary, your celery!

Be sure to visit our Garden page and stroll through our web-garden. There are some fascinating facts, recipes, and photos of our great bounty in our first year of gardening. Just click the image above!

"Gather early what you would eat late."

More pages will be published each week until the entire almanac is published.

Thanks to The Old Farmer's Almanac for making these old treasures of wisdom available to us today!

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