Dear MOTHER: December 2013/January 2014

Reader letters about seed swaps, garden hoops, drafty windows, health insurance and retirement on the homestead, an adoptive mother hen, farmland, working dogs, cities that inspire, and more.

Hoop house construction
Simple wire hoops slip into several roles around reader Pete Puglia’s property in rural New Jersey, from garden bed protectors to lightweight, inexpensive chicken runs.
Photo By Pete Puglia