2013 Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack is chock full of tidbits

September 03, 2012

The 2013 Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack is chock full of tidbits from each of the almanac’s departments.
Here are some of them:

Design for living department: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” This is a quote from Mark Twain.

Farm and garden: If you are having trouble growing grass in less-than-ideal conditions, try these tips:

  • Mow at a higher level than you do for sunny parts of the lawn. 
  • Water only in the morning hours, frequently and thoroughly. 
  • Make sure the grass is dried out before watering again. 
  • Go easy on the fertilizer, as in this case, more is not better. 
  • Discourage people from walking on those parts of the lawn.
  • Take it easy when you rake.

Poultry notes: The best range for turkey is short grass, 4 to 6 inches long. Red clover and Kentucky blue grass are especially good grasses to have on the range.

Our readers write: Three of Hampstead, Md., resident Jane Lippy’s poems are in this section, including “Opportunity,” “Christmas” and “Harvest.”

Dairy and livestock: Sheep with abnormal or excessive hoof growth, cracked hooves or extremely splayed hooves should be avoided as breeding stock. Sheep with colored hooves are usually preferable to those with light-colored hooves.

Hints for the housewife: Don’t throw away plastic liners from empty cereal boxes. They can be used to store leftover food or packed lunches instead of commercial plastic bags.

Cooking and recipes: Recipes for chicken potpie, chocolate chip muffins and classic angel food cake are all included in this section.

Hints for the handyman: Don’t turn a spray-paint can over to clear the nozzle. This wastes the paint and uses up pressure too. Take the nozzle off and keep it in a small jar with paint thinner, and replace it when needed.

Timely thoughts and reflections: “The good sense of the people is the strongest army our government can ever have; it will not fail them.” — Thomas Jefferson.

The Internet connection: If you see a request for money from a free treat posted on your Facebook wall designed to look like it came from your friend’s profile, it could be a scam. Use the tips to find out:
1. Does the request sound reasonable or the offer too good to be true?
2. Is this really something my friend would request/send/write?
3. Does the language have awkward phrases or a lot of typos?


— Caleb Calhoun

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