Urban Almanac Autumn 2020

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Oct 8  Pick up a variety of root crops at the farmers market this week. Buy some to culture—say, cabbage and carrots with your favorite seasoning (I like fresh ginger and cumin). In a few days your ferment will be delicious and teeming with the beneficial bacteria that make your gut healthy. Oct 9  Save […]

Almanac September 2020

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September 1  Sunrise 6:54 am, Sunset 7:59 pm. Av. high: 78 degrees; Av. low: 58. September 2  National Preparedness Month. Make an evacuation kit for your pets: leash, crate, health records, any meds, i.d./microchip documentation, photographs of you and your pet, water, food, dish, bags/litter box, blankets, toy. More on disaster prep: https://extension.usu.edu/ueden/ September 3  Birthstone: […]

July 2020 Almanac: A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond.

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July 1  Average temperatures today: high 90º, low 64º. Sunrise: 6:10am. Sunset: 8:56pm. July 2  Garlic at a glance: Hardneck and softneck (Allium sativum) and elephant (Allium ampeloprasum). Hardneck garlic has shorter shelf life but larger cloves and more flavor. Softneck garlic, the type usually found in stores, has less flavor but stores well. So-called […]

June Almanac: a monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond

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June 1  Average temps today: high 78º, low 54º. Sunrise: 5:58am. Sunset:   8:53pm. June 2  These easy annuals are pollinator-friendly: alyssum, cosmos, calendula, zinnia, sunflower. June 3  There are female dragonflies and male damselflies. Dragonflies hold their wings in airplane mode at rest; damselflies fold them back against their bodies. A dragonfly can eat 100 mosquitoes […]

Urban Almanac: May 2020

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May 1  Average temperatures today: high 67º, low 45º. Sunrise: 6:25am. Sunset: 8:24pm. May 2  Stuck in the house with a well-stocked pantry but out of ketchup? Make your own: https://bit.ly/3eVcrIX May 3  What to plant in the garden this month: beans, beets, carrots, chard, corn, cucumber, eggplant, endive ground cherries, kale, kohlrabi, melon, peas, […]

Almanac April 2020

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April 1  Average temps today: high 58º, low 38º. Sunrise: 7:10am. Sunset: 7:53pm. April 2  Red cedar is not a cedar, Norfolk pine is not a pine, Douglas fir is not a fir and Australian pine isn’t even related to pines, says The Curious Coniferite author Jerome David Belanger, who turns 82 today. He is […]

Urban Almanac for March 2020

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Mar 1  Average temps today: high 49º, low 32º. Sunrise:  7:00am. Sunset:   6:19pm. Mar 2  The National Pest Management Association predicts that our wetter winter will be followed by a warmer and drier summer, with increased cockroach, ant and fly populations. Mar 3  Protect migrating songbirds—turn off unnecessary outdoor electric lights 11pm-6am during March, April […]

Almanac February 2020

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Feb 1  Average temps today: high 39º, low 25º. Sunrise: 7:24am. Sunset: 5:59pm. Feb 2  Groundhogs, also known as woodchucks, live in Utah. The most common of the many species here is the yellow-bellied marmot. Their tunneling prowess is renowned, with sometimes 50 feet of underground mazework. They are strict herbivores who hibernate in cuddle […]

Urban Almanac

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Jan 1 Average temps today: high 32º, low 22º. Sunrise: 7:51am. Sunset: 5:10pm. Here’s a timely spiritual practice from Bulgarian philosopher and mystic Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov (1900-1986): Say the first 12 days of the year represent the whole year (Jan. 1 stands for January, Jan. 2 for February, and so on. For 12 days, practice […]

December 2019 Almanac

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DECEMBER 1  Average temps today: high 43º, low 28º. 20% chance of precipitation. Sunrise: 7:32am. Sunset: 5:00pm. DECEMBER 2  Red Butte Garden in the winter is especially fetching. Enjoy half-price admission throughout December, January and February. DECEMBER 3  The Utah chapter of Slow Food USA works with local farmers, chefs and foodies to build a […]

November 2019 Almanac

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NOVEMBER 1  Average temps today: high 57º, low 38º. 18% chance of precipitation. Sunrise: 7:58am. Sunset: 6:24pm. NOVEMBER 2  Write a novel this month! Find tools, resources and support at www.nanowrimo.org/ NOVEMBER 3  Daylight Saving Time ended at 2am this morning (Moun­tain Time). Turn your clocks back one hour if you didn’t do it before […]

Thoughts for Columbus Day

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Giving thanks to the original innovators of the Americas I  am no fan of the Columbus Day holiday that is still unfortunately observed in the U.S. (this year on Monday, October 14). My hope is that, in time, this day will instead honor the memory of the upwards to 200 million inhabitants of the Americas who […]

September 2019

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September 1 Average temperatures: high 86º, low 61º. Sunrise: 6:54am; sunset: 8pm. Chance of precipitation: 14%. September 2 Labor Day now means mostly back-to-school sales. But the story behind the national holiday began in the streets as a critique of capitalism, growing out of decades of labor unrest. 19th century industrial workers protested 12-hour workdays, […]

Urban Almanac

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August 1  Average temps: high 92º, low 67º. 11% chance of precipitation. Sunrise 6:23am, sunset 8:52pm. August 2  Spiders serve as food for 8,000-10,000 insect species and 3,000-5,000 species of birds. In turn, spiders consume 400-800 metric tons of other critters (primarily other insects) each year. August 3  Gokotta (pron. zhoh-KOH-tah) is a Swedish word […]

 
 
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