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Sing a song of Winter, The world stops dead; Under snowy coverlid Flowers lie abed.
–Cosmo Monkhouse (1840–1901)
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January is a time for burrowing in, cocooning, and hiding out from the deep winter cold. It’s a great time for cozying up to the fire with a good book or a seed catalog. It’s a time for dreaming of that day when you can dig in the dirt again. See our tips on ordering seeds.
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Length of Day — January 15
The length of day in Boston, Massachusetts, is 9 hours 26 minutes today—one minute more daylight than yesterday! The length of day in Juneau, Alaska, is 7 hours and 9 minutes—three minutes more daylight than yesterday! Click here to see Sun rise and set times, plus the length of day for your location.
As the day lengthens, the cold strengthens. –Old weather proverb
Full Wolf Moon — January 22
This full Moon is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February.
Burns Night — January 25
Scotland’s most famous poet, Robert Burns (1759–96), was born today. It has become an occasion for Scots all over the world to gather together in his honor. A Burns Night supper usually includes haggis, a traditional dish of the heart, lungs, and liver of a sheep or calf minced with suet, onions, oatmeal, and seasonings. If you are not a haggis fan, try Sadie Anson’s Scottish Shortbread to honor Robert Burns.
To find more events and celebrations, take a look at our new Digital Edition of the Almanac. It’s an online replica of the 2008 print Almanac with many special features such as keyword search and download and print options.
Pay Attention to Houseplants
Use this month to check your houseplants: Divide and repot any pot-bound plants. Prune judiciously to create a compact, attractive specimen.
To give your house a change of air, open the doors and windows when temperatures permit. This will benefit you and your houseplants.
Provide extra protection to houseplants on windowsills if it is very cold. Place cardboard between the plants and the glass. Be sure that the plants don’t touch the windowpanes.
Sponge off your plants or give them a good shower to remove the dust.
One hundred and eight years ago, The Old Farmer’s Almanac Farmer’s Calendar was offering advice on indoor geraniums and other houseplants. We think that you’ll find this advice to be just as valuable today.
The results of the first-ever 2008 Old Farmer’s Almanac New Hampshire Presidential Straw Poll are in.
The winners are Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ron Paul.
Many thanks to everyone (22,000) who participated!