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The Restless Wind

The wind plays an important part in lore and history. It’s known as a weather maker, as in the phrase “winter winds doth blow and we shall have snow.”

• Sir Francis Bacon (1561–1626) knew that “every wind has its weather.” “The Devil is busy in a high wind,” it’s said, but “westerly winds are fair weather winds.”
• Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) suggested, “Do business with men when the wind is in the northwest when the barometer is high.”
• When we catch a cold, we catch it from the winds, some say; another saying states, “the east wind brings aches and pains.”
• The ancients thought of wind as a messenger; in a way, that was the role of the fictional Mary Poppins, who came and left on the winds.

Tip of the Week

Time to put the clothes out on the line again and let the wind do its work.

See our clothesline tips!

Video: Why So Windy?

This March may be especially stormy. Why does March tend to be so windy? Watch video!

How Windy Is It?

In 1805, Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort devised a wind velocity scale, which described a wind between 39 and 46 mph as a “fresh gale.” Wind speeds of 74 mph and higher got classified as a "hurricane."  See the full wind scale.

The wind in one’s face makes one wise.

A veering wind will clear the sky. A backing wind says storms are nigh.

Lo, as the wind is, so is mortal life. –Sir Edwin Arnold, English author (1832–1904)


Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues,
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep’d in morning dews. 

–Robert Burns (1859–96)



Budget-Friendly Gardening

This year, some of us have decided not only to have a small, thriving vegetable garden but also to try to save money by gardening as much as possible.

Read more—and share your own money-saving tips!


Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

20 eco-friendly seed packets for you! AND, select 5 friends who will receive 10 packets each! Urban Farmer offers a large variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for home gardens.

The Almanac Easter Basket Collection

SAVE 48%! Total Retail Value: $67.84. You Pay Only: $34.95.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Easter Basket is loaded with exciting goodies—two wonderful books, a CD-ROM, and Easter sweets!

Best of all, the beautiful, handcrafted basket can be used throughout the year. Created exclusively for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, this basket is made of 100% genuine white ash and carries a lifetime guarantee from the prestigious Peterboro Basket Company.

Long after the Easter grass is gone, children will also delight in the gifts inside the basket:

  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids, Volume 3, has 192 easy-to-read pages filled with fascinating topics and facts—lots of fun, educational entertainment. Kids can’t put it down!
  • H. A. Rey’s classic Find the Constellations is a must for any young person’s library and the perfect book to help all star-gazers to discover the night sky!
  • The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids Volume 1 CD-ROM is loaded with quirky facts, wacky stories, and fun activities. Contains the complete contents of the printed book.
  • Easter sweets include all-natural, locally produced honey sticks with 6 assorted flavors and a 14-ounce package of Starburst jelly beans.
See more details. Order by March 26 (Noon ET) to receive by Easter!

Gardening by the Moon

The lengthening days gladden our hearts. It’s time to start planting gardens in many parts of the country.

The best time to plant flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground is during the light of the Moon (from the day of the new Moon to the day of the full Moon).

Flowering bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below ground should be planted during the dark of the Moon (from the day after the full Moon to the day before the new Moon).

See our 2010 Best Planting Dates for Seeds, based on both the safe period for planting in areas that receive frost as well as the Moon’s phases for 2010.

See the Moon Phase Calendar for the exact days of the new and full Moons.

Ready to plant? Read our article on Planting Tools and Techniques.

If you started plants indoors from seed, here is advice on Transplanting Your Seedlings.