Whether you have a green thumb or have recently delved into growing vegetables, The Old Farmer’s Almanac has been assisting people with planting times and crop pulling since 1792. This version of an almanac surpassed other editions that were available around the same time, chiefly thanks to the author’s impressive predictions and studies that produced very accurate information when it came to farming and planting. Robert B. Thomas observed and noted natural patterns which helped him develop his weather predictions, and according to the official Almanac website, these are still primarily accurate — around 80% actually.
With centuries of proof that The Old Farmer’s Almanac can help determine the best vegetable gardening times and practices, it’s no wonder people still live by it. While Thomas’ findings are still impressively close, the current staff uses weather trends and reports to help guide planters, mainly focusing on a countdown until harvests.
The website notes that seed packets usually help with suggested planting times, and the Almanac then offers tips on indoor, outdoor, and weather-based growing. It focuses on commonly found vegetables predominately, using past knowledge and information to dictate the ‘days until harvest’ outline.