Dear MOTHER: February/March 2013

Reader letters about killer compost, broody hens, setting out to farm, the beyond-monetary riches of a garden, pollution from nuclear weapons, genetically modified foods, composting meat and fat, and more.



Dealing with killer compost
Reader David Goodman of Ocala, Fla., reports that, after using manure contaminated with the persistent herbicide aminopyralid in his garden, he has lost about $1,000 worth of perennials and veggies. 
Photo By Fotolia/Chariclo
Indoor Seed Starting
Reader Alicia Gouveia says Barbara Pleasant's article on indoor seed starting in the December 2012/January 2013 issue has likely saved her from a few more years of seed-starting trial and error. 
Illustration By Elayne Sears
Free-Range Chickens
“I don’t want to hear a clock ticking all day; I’d rather hear chicks clucking, or maybe the sound of wind through the trees,” writes aspiring farmer Ariel Drouault of Great Barrington, Mass. 
Photo By Dreamstime/Martine De Graaf
Farmland
Bob Freeman of Cookeville, Tenn., suggests those looking for land to farm connect with aged farmers who may not have the energy or finances to continue to care for their property. “The owners would be a great reservoir of knowledge,” Freeman writes. 
Photo By Fotolia/Veneration











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