I was born and raised in the city. While MacGyver and his family were from the country. Learning some of their ways were very enlightening, and rather challenging at times.
First, I got a crash course on millions of wives tales; catnip tea helps a colicky baby or sliced onions left out on the table will absorb gems and one time I got stern instructions not to can tomatoes or help in any way if I was on my menstrual cycle.
I was asked by MacGyver father the first summer I was taught how to can tomatoes, if I was on my monthly cycle…city girl or not that was horrifying! I was not….but he insisted that the batch of tomatoes would spoil if I had been. Apparently, it has something to do with the chemicals your body releases. (Thank the God Lord I was not! I would have been motified if I was.)
I was also introduced to the ALMANAC. I think everyone should learn to read the Almanac. MacGyver’s Aunt, could tell you the best dates to potty traine your babies. She went by the Almanac for many things other then gardening. (Billy Bob was a Almanac potty trained “great” nephew.) People swear by the fishing dates and there is so much more you can look up and learn from this little book.
So, if you have never looked at one, it really is worth it. They come out every year. I’m very sure you can find it on the WEB. But, I urge you to buy one, find a cozy chair, get a hot cup of whatever, snuggle in and read through it. It’s amazing!
Perhaps this was your first year for a garden, and if it did not go so well, remember get the Almanac it will be your guide for next year!
Here are a few sighs to watch for because it means a bad winter is coming…..It’s in the Almanac.
There are several of these signs happening already here in the Midwest.
* Very thick onion skins or corn husks
* Woodpeckers sharing a tree
* Early arrival of crickets on the hearth
* Spiders spinning larger than usual webs
* Lots of acorns
* A small rust/orange band on a wooly worm caterpillar
* Trees are laden with green leaves late in the fall.
* Hickory nuts having heavy shells.
* Tree bark is heaviest on the north side of the tree.
* Crickets are in the chimney.
* Hoot owls call late into the fall.
* Raccoons have thick tails and bright bands
* Squirrels gathering nuts early in the year
* Pigs gathering sticks
* Frequent halos/rings around the sun or moon
• Heavy and numerous fogs in August
Do you have any others!
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