Become a Green Thumb Expert

Become a Green Thumb Expert

Posted by Janice Stillman on 6th Mar 2019

Join the Green Thumb Club

Foolproof advice for beginners, “black thumbs,” and anyone trying to grow food that you actually want to eat. Get 227 years of garden knowledge from your friends at The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Dear Hopeful Garden Grower,

Remember back to last winter. You were thinking, “I want a garden!” You scrutinized seed catalogs and ordered beautiful things, some with Latin names that you couldn’t pronounce. You strolled down the nursery aisles and arrived home with trays of cute, tender seedlings.

When the days got warmer, you marked off a spot, cleared the ground, and turned over the dirt with muscles that you didn’t know you had. Dropped seeds into knuckle-deep holes in neat rows. Tamped the earth around the eager seedlings to help them settle into their new digs.

Through summer, you yanked weeds, beat back bugs, cursed rampaging rabbits (or was it woodchucks?), and toted watering cans and hoses (how much is enough?). You got dirty, sweaty, hungry, and tired, watching and waiting for your plot to become picture-perfect. Like those in magazines and on Facebook and Pinterest.

Then, in August you bought vegetables at a farm stand, thinking: “Why aren’t my tomatoes like this?” (If they suffered from from blossom-end rot, there could be a calcium deficiency in the soil.)

Sound familiar? Feeling frustrated just thinking about it?

Take a deep breath. We’ve all been there. This season will be different.

As long as you have a garden site that gets 8 hours of sunlight (preferably with southern exposure), soil with a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5 (which you can adjust with peat, lime, or other organic material), and water, you can grow a tasty garden.

Why? Because you’re about to read The 2019 Old Farmer's Almanac—the same Almanac that farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and other smart people have relied upon for over two centuries. Plus you'll get a bundle of BONUSES when you sign up for The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Membership today!

Swiss Chard? Never Heard of It

When it comes to growing vegetables, some things have changed since we began publishing in 1792. Among our garden hints in the 1919 edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac was a suggestion to plant Swiss chard because it was “not so well known in New England as its merits deserve. Some esteem it equal to beet greens.”

Swiss chard has come a long way in the last 100 years, making several appearances in the 2019 edition. Did you know that Swiss chard and quinoa are in the same plant family? Or that it takes 5 to 6 cups of packed leaves to yield 1 to 1 ½ cups of cooked Swiss chard? And guess when the best time is for planting Swiss chard? Early in the season while the weather is still cool, in slightly acidic soil. Anyone else hungry now? All this talk about food is distracting!

Beets, Broccoli, and Brussels Sprouts. Oh, My!

What were we talking about? Oh, yes. Planting! According to the age-old practice of planting by the Moon’s phases, cycles of the Moon affect plant growth. Plant annual flowers and vegetables that bear crops above the ground during the waxing of the Moon. Plant flowering bulbs, biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops belowground during the waning of the Moon.

There are more details in the latest edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, including specific planting dates for different regions throughout North America.

Growing a Pinterest-Perfect Garden

Gardening is an experiment. No one (so far) can control the weather, the bugs, or any other force of nature. You can make good choices and educated guesses and adopt best practices and still experience crop failures. But if you follow the guidance in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, embrace the surprises and uncertainties of each gardening season, and look forward to the next, you are on the road from grief to glory.

If you want to learn more about planting the perfect garden and find much more useful information, wit, and wisdom, you can get it—along with a bundle of BONUSES—with an Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Membership!

With your Charter Membership in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club[/a], you’ll get The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide, the 2019 Gardening Calendar, the hangable softcover 2019 edition of the Almanac (it has a hole in the corner!), and our monthly EXTRA! digital magazine with information about monthly gardening tasks and other content not found in the print edition. With a Charter Membership in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club, you’ll learn more about:

  • How to grow nearly three dozen bulbs, including what kind of soil, light, and spacing is best for each plant
  • Which flowers and herbs attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden
  • Planting by the Moon’s phase, including both the planting dates and the Moon-favorable dates for more than 50 common vegetable

Tap into the deep well of resources at The Old Farmer’s Almanac for a bountiful harvest of gardening tips and tools—with a Charter Membership in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club!

Announcing The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club! This new and exciting club is designed especially for you—with just the inspiration and information you need for all your gardening projects!

We’ve put together essential Old Farmer’s Almanac resources to celebrate your love of gardening and give you tons of tips for making your next gardening project as lush and lovely as it can be. And it all starts, of course, with The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

You’ll be prepared for any gardening project. Whether you garden for food, for flowers, or just for fun, a Charter Membership in The Old Farmer’s AlmanacGardening Club will keep you entertained, informed, and inspired all year long!

Since 1792, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been a traditional resource for dedicated farmers, avid and casual gardeners, folks who like to get a long view on upcoming weather trends, and people who love to collect little snippets of country wit and wisdom that they can share with family and friends.

We’re not just the oldest published almanac, but the oldest continuously published periodical in North America— and we’ve been around longer than any newspaper or magazine, too.

Get your Charter Membership in The Old Farmer’s AlmanacGardening Club today—with resources to inspire you in the garden. From time-honored country gardening tips to modern garden gadgets, come share in the bountiful harvest!

With your Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Membership, you get everything you need to keep your garden at its greenest:

  • Our new Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide—packed with no-nonsense tips, tricks, and shortcuts to make your garden a jewel in the neighborhood or out in the country. Grow food and herbs you love, surround yourself with spectacular flowers, and get tips on the latest gardening tech!

  • 2019 Gardening Wall Calendar: Our perennial best-seller for over 40 years! Rich illustrations accompany useful gardening tips on everything from planting to preserving.

  • The special softcover, hangable edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, loaded with the tips, trivia, and insights that make it a family favorite.
  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac EXTRA! Our monthly digital magazine includes articles on gardening, food and other content not found in the print edition. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date on Almanacky topics throughout the year.

An Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Membership will deliver exciting rewards for you—and at a special introductory rate, right now, for all new Charter Members.

When you join today, you’ll ensure that you are planting the seeds of success for your garden when you tap into the time-honored wisdom of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Enjoy all these benefits as an Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Member:

  • Your best garden ever—Almanac gardening advice, planting dates, timesaving tips, and detailed guidance from experts will get you growing like never before.

  • You’ll know in advance about every important astronomical event in 2019—and how the phase of the Moon can influence the success of your garden.

  • You’ll save time and money when you follow all of the practical advice and tips that we deliver to you about everything from gardening to food preparation and cooking.

  • You’ll be the first to know about top tips, tricks, and shortcuts for taking your garden from good to great.

  • You’ll learn more about gardening gadgets and gear that can make your work in the garden even more enjoyable.

  • You’ll discover new approaches to planting—for color, for purpose, for stress relief.

  • Whether you’re a beginning gardener or a skilled green thumb, you’ll find do-it-yourself projects to fit your schedule—and your garden.

How can you not consider becoming an Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Member?

What You’ll Get With an Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Membership

There’s so much gardening knowledge to gain as a Charter Member of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club:

In the convenient, hangable, softcover edition of the 2019 Almanac, you’ll find a bumper crop of gardening tips. Many gardeners consider the Almanac their most valuable tool, so this year, for all of you trying to grow food, we’ve got foolproof advice that promises a harvest the first year and every one thereafter. Perhaps you grow flowers—or want to: In the 2019 Almanac, you’ll learn which flowers are edible, when to pick them, and how to use them (e.g., pick apple blossoms in late spring and sprinkle them onto a Waldorf salad and use impatiens all summer long as a garnish).

But that’s not all. Here’s a taste of other tips you’ll find in the 2019 Almanac:

  • The Faces of Farming: ambitious folks from across the country tell about how they got started, hurdles they faced, and the rewards of working the land
  • Best days for planting, pruning, weeding, grafting, and controlling pests, plus the easiest-ever soil test (all you need is a pair of men’s clean, white, 100% cotton underwear and a small shovel)
  • Daily weather forecasts for all regions of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii
  • Fresh new ways to savor the asparagus, beet, corn, and cucumber harvests, with “The ABCs of Pickling!”
  • Easy, delicious, Almanac prize-winning recipes using oranges

Each month, you’ll get new articles and original content with our digital magazine, The Old Farmer’s Almanac EXTRA! It’s a treasure trove of Almanac information that you won’t find in the printed edition, including audio and video content. EXTRA! leads you to some interactive fun when you’re ready for a change of pace.

What are you waiting for? Become a Charter Member ofThe Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club today!

No other Almanac has so many fun and fascinating facts, timely and accurate events and predictions, and topical and useful articles all in one place for your easy access and use—and covering more regions of North America than any other almanac or resource! Add The Old Farmer’s Almanac EXTRA!, The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Calendar, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide, and your garden will be the prolific pride of the neighborhood!

Why Not Join Right Now?

Gardeners everywhere have been using The Old Farmer’s Almanac for years to guide their gardening plans, and now the Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Membership offers you all things gardening in one place!

When we first created the Gardening Club, we wanted to make it easy to use, easy to order, and packed with valuable gardening content that you could put to use right away. Be the best gardener you can be with your Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Membership.


Janice Stillman
Editor, The Old Farmer’s Almanac

P.S. Why not be among the first to join us today and benefit from the valuable Almanac gardening information that you can’t get anywhere else? Become an Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club Charter Member today—while this special offer lasts