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The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

Green Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine

Front-load washers can occasionally gather an odor, but Sommer shares some eco-friendly tips to keep washers green, sparkling clean, and free of smells.

Choosing Natural Building Materials for Improved Indoor Air Quality

You might think building a green home automatically means you’re building one with good indoor air quality. That’s not necessarily the case. There’s no guarantee eco-friendly materials are also low in pollutants. And what you put in your home after construction can have an enormous impact on air quality. Here are three ways to ensure the air you’re breathing inside your home is as good as — or better than — the air you’re breathing outside.

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Green Patios, Walkways & Driveways of Porous Pavement and Pervious Concrete
Consider one of these innovative and attractive options instead of old-fashioned concrete.

Install Your Own Windows
Reduce the cost of new windows by putting them in yourself.

Eco-friendly Roofing Options 
Choose from a variety of durable and environmentally friendly roofing materials.

Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design
If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.

Your Green Dream Home: First Things To Consider
Before you hire a contractor or start building, read this expert advice.

Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Home Improvements that Pay Off
Here are some commonly agreed upon suggestions for relatively easy and low-cost home retrofitting projects.

Go Solar and Save Big
Every homeowner needs to know that passive solar design results in huge savings on energy bills.

Essential Advice for Owner-Builders
Here’s what you need to know about building codes before you build a house.

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DRINK YOUR OWN GARDEN

Drink up, with Drink Your Own Garden! This fully revised and wonderfully imaginative guide to making the most of your garden produce features 140 recipes that range from fruit and berry wines to beer and honey mead. Author Judith Glover also includes nonalcoholic juices, cordials and teas. She provides guidelines for every step; advice on equipment, ingredients and what to grow when; and a list of potential problems and remedies, accompanied by attractive vintage-style color illustrations.

$19.95

  • Bench size - 60" x 20" x 36" high
  • Table size - 48" x 20" x 18" high
  • Enhance your garden, patio or deck
  • Complements any outdoor setting
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

If you're knowledgeable about woodworking and have the desire to enhance your garden, patio or deck, you'll love building this graceful, carefully-crafted set. A 60-by-20-by-36-inch-high bench, and 48-by-20-by-18-inch-high table complement any outdoor setting.


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2 CAR GARAGE - WESTERN STYLE/REVERSE GABLE E-PLAN

  • Width: 24'-0" Depth: 24'-0"
  • Standard Foundation - Floating Slab
  • Alternative Foundations - Slab
  • Building height - 16'-7"
  • Roof pitch - 8/12
  • Ceiling height - 8'
  • Two 9' x 7' overhead doors
  • Easy, functional design
  • Complete list of materials
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Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!


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DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

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$200.00

THE BIG BOOK OF PRESERVING THE HARVEST

Step-by-step illustrated instructions, informative charts and a host of delicious recipes make this an indispensable kitchen reference. Covers freezing, canning, drying and pickling produce fresh from the market or garden.

$18.95

THE GIFT OF HEALING HERBS

Herbalists, naturopaths, plantspeople, witches, and natural healers will love the empowering information, engaging stories, and heartfelt meditations and rituals of natural herbal medicines found in The Gift of Healing Herbs. Written by well-respected urban herbalist Robin Rose Bennett with more than 180 easy-to-follow recipes, this book offers readers who want to take charge of their health an immersion into myriad ways to use plant-based remedies to care for themselves and others on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.

Informed by the wisdom that physical and spiritual healing are inextricably intertwined, The Gift of Healing Herbs explores herbology as the “people’s medicine,” freely available to all, and as a powerful yet gentle way to heal body, mind, heart and soul. The book is divided into three parts: the first part examines health and the causes of illness; the second part comprises a reference of all the physical systems of the body and the common and not-so-common herbs for tonifying them; and the third part contains recipes for teas, brews, and instructions for incorporating herbs into our daily lives. The hundreds of recipes for herbal preparations in this book (accompanied by prayers, meditations and rituals) offer spiritual and physical insights into the relationship between our body systems and the elements Earth, Air, Fire and Water, thus helping the reader explore and experience the interconnection of all things in the web of life.

With personal stories, case histories and elements of personal memoir, The Gift of Healing Herbs is equal parts inspiration and instruction, drawn from the author’s life and decades spent teaching and practicing herbal medicine in a spiritual, earth-based, nondogmatic style. It’s a book that’s keenly focused on the spiritual aspects of healing, as revealed through personal story. The author explores how one’s personal story turns into one’s embodied physicality, specific health challenges, and ultimately reveals one’s unique path of healing.

$24.95