Hagerstown Almanack Newsletter



                                    “Ring out the old, ring in the new,                                                                                                Ring out the false, ring in the true"                                                                      
                                                                               Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH: Snow, rain, wintry mix (1,2,3,4,50; fair breezy, cold at first (6,7,8. More snow and wintery mix (9,10,11) turning milder with scattered rain showers (12,13,14); flurries, snow showers in the western part of the region (15,16. Fair, breezy colder (17). Seasonably cold, occasional flurries and breezy (19,19,20,21,22,23,24) turning fair and cold again, cold at first (25,26,27,28,29); heavy snow, mix east, then windy (30,31).

Wintry mix (1-5) with heavy snow, wintry mix and high winds (30-31). 

FULL MOON: The first FULL MOON of 2022 will occur on Monday, January 17th. It has been called WOLF MOON by many Native American tribes because of the increased boldness of wolf packs venturing closer and closer to their camps looking for food. Other tribes called it HUNGER MOON because of the scarcity of game at this time of year. 

SPECIAL NOTES: The 2022 Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack is its 226th edition. It has been continuously published since it first appeared in 1797 and while it is the second oldest almanac in the United States, it is the ONLY almanac in America that is still published by heirs of its founder, John Gruber. Both he and his partner and son-in-law, Daniel May, would be proud to see their almanac continuing to provide even more refined weather forecasts and astronomical data vital to agricultural success in the region. It is our commitment to continue improving our look, the accuracy of our weather forecasts, and offering useful information and inspiration to help one survive in today’s world. 

HOLIDAYS: New Year’s Day falls on Saturday, January 1st. Martin Luther King, Jr., famed civil rights activist leader, was born on January 15, 1929. His birthday is celebrated on the third Monday of the month. In 2022, that is Monday, January 17th. This great leader will be forever remembered for the social changes he brought about in this country and for the ultimate sacrifice he made pursuing unity and racial harmony which still eludes us today. 

THE GARDEN: Mulch landscape beds for winter if you haven't already (and if the weather allows). Mulching prevents erosion, protects against soil You can even recycle your cut Christmas tree and use the branches to cover perennials! Begin planning your garden now. Buy an extra wall calendar and dedicate it to tilling and planting activities. Look ahead and record the last projected frost dates for your region and mark down when to plant seedlings indoor. Check out this useful website www. usna.usda.gov/Hardzone to determine local hardiness. 

THE FARM: Best for planting root crops (23,24); weeding and stirring the soil (18,19,20); planting above-ground crops (6,7); harvesting all crops (27,28); the best days for setting hens and incubators (10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25); the slaughtering and butchering of meat (2,3,4,5,6,7,8); transplanting (2,3,4,5,6,7,8); the weaning of all small animals and livestock (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,27,28,29,30,31); harvesting and storing grains (1,25,26,27,28,29,30,31). 


“Resolutions are only as good as the intent to keep them”

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