560: Ben Kilbride on The Garden Guide and More.

Time-tested and trusted planting resources from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

In This Podcast:

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been used as a guide mainly by farmers to aid in predicting weather patterns. Ben Kilbride, who is the editorial assistant for the Old Farmer’s Almanac discusses the variety of publications and guides available to all types gardeners from novice to expert. Listen in to learn about the history of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the prediction methods used, and the various gardening guides covering topics from growing techniques to battling pests.

Our Guest:

Benjamin is an editorial assistant with The Old Farmer’s Almanac. While he doesn’t own any land, he gets creative gardening every year in pots, in small mobile green houses, and under lights in his pantry.

Listen in and learn about:

      • The founding of The Old Farmer’s Almanac
      • What resources are used to predict weather patterns
      • The historical accuracy of predictions
      • Garden Guide verses Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook
      • Benjamin’s hydroponic gardening system
      • Lighting requirements for different plants
      • Why crop rotation is important
      • Tips for new vegetable gardeners

As well as:

His failure – The attempt of creating a farm in the backyard without enough supplies 

His success – Learning how to grow food year round in a smaller space

His drive – The desire to understand how to grow food sustainably and live off-grid

His advice –  “No matter how much space one has to garden, don’t limit abilities to that space”


Ben’s Book recommendations:   

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

How to reach Ben:  

Website: www.almanac.com


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