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Start Seeding!

Get a head start on spring. Start your seedlings indoors.

See our 2010 Best Dates to Plant Seeds.

Our new chart is now completely customized to your location. We calculate your frost dates to provide the best days to seed indoors, in the ground, and by the Moon. No hand calculations!

Vegetable & Herb Plant Guide

See our new vegetable and herb plant pages! Learn how to plant and care for your common garden crops.

Our plant pages also provide advice on pests, recommended varieties, great recipes for the kitchen, and a dose of Almanac wit and wisdom!

Some of the first vegetables that you can plant in the spring are spinach and peas. Both are cool-season crops that tolerate frost.

See our Spinach plant page.

See our Pea plant page.

If you’re new to vegetable gardening, remember this: It’s better to be proud of a small garden than to be frustrated by a big one! See our advice for A Beginner’s Vegetable Garden.

Flower Plant Guide

Planning a flower garden? See our beautiful new flower pages.

Learn how to care for popular annuals, perennials, bulbs, and roses. We add new plants every week!

Each flower page includes a free e-card to send to friends and family. Go to Flower Guide!


Deep down within the frozen brook
I hear a murmur faint and sweet,
And lo! The ice breaks as I look,
And living waters touch my feet.

–Jane Goodwin Austin (1831–94)

A Special Offer from The Old Farmer’s Almanac


Weather Wit & Wisdom

Enjoy a weekly dose of weather history, a weather Q&A, and weather lore.

This week’s question: Can it be too cold to snow?

Watch video now!

Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

Organize your gardening activity with Fiskars handy tote & organizer, The Old Farmer’s Almanac All-Seasons Garden Journal and Gardening Calendar, and Norpro Compost Keeper.

Hurry, offer ends on February 21, Midnight ET!

Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday Sale—$5 OFF

At The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we feel a special connection with Abraham Lincoln. Did you know that Lincoln relied on an 1857 almanac in a famous murder trial? It’s true! (See a painting of Lincoln holding this almanac.)

In celebration of Lincoln’s birthday, get $5 OFF (about the price of our 2010 Almanac!) when you make a purchase of $20 or more. The discount applies to any product in the General Store.

Valid through 2/21, Midnight ET.  
At Checkout, just enter the coupon code: Abe

Frost Charts

For some of us, the last spring frost is a long way off. For others, it’s around the corner.

For easy reference, here is a chart showing the frost dates for various U.S. cities.

Also, see our frost dates for Canada.

When a cat sits with her back to the fiery logs, frost is coming.

How to Tell the Temperature by Looking at Your Rhododendron

You can tell how cold it is outside by checking out the leaves on a rhododendron.

• Leaves begin to cup and curl below 35 degrees F.
• Half the leaf surface disappears into the curl at 24 degrees F.
• Leaves curl tightly, turn brownish green, and dangle at temperatures into the teens.

In winter, when pigs rub up against their pens, it is a sign of a thaw.

We hope you found your FREE Almanac Companion Newsletter “new, useful, and entertaining”—just like The Old Farmer’s Almanac.