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Off-Grid Laundry Easy with Hand-Crank Wringer

A simple hand-crank wringer gets clothes cleaner, less wrinkly and dry more quickly when washing laundry by hand off-grid.

Dealing with Packrats

Even though we live remotely in the mountains with bear, coyote, mountain lion, deer, elk, and bobcats, the lowly little packrat may be the most dangerous critter we face. Here's how we deal with packrats on our remote homestead.

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Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability 
Wolves, bears, otters, starfish — these ecosystem engineers affect nature in overt yet surprisingly subtle ways.

This Land Is Your Land: Why National Parks Matter
Our national parks are public treasures that provide more than a window to our past or a means to preserve the natural bounty within them. They’re some of the most beautiful places on Earth, where you can rekindle your sense of awe and adventure.

Why We Need Wilderness 
During a nearly 60-year career, Pulitzer-Prize winner Wallace Stegner, known as the Dean of Western Writers, wrote eloquently about the value of wild places.

Raptors, the Sky Masters 
Eagles, hawks and falcons: From their awesome aeronautics to their precise predatory instincts, these birds are the pinnacle of flight.

Brain Birds: Amazing Crows and Ravens 
No matter where you live, they’re your neighbors. You might want to watch them — carefully.

Barn Owl Magic 
Beautiful and mysterious, barn owls also are prolific predators of rodents.

Fireflies: The Twinkle in Nature's Eye  
Fireflies bring magic to warm summer evenings.

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PROJECT GARDEN

The family that gardens together, grows together!

In this beautiful, project-by-project guide, mom and master gardener Stacy Tornio will inspire gardeners young and old to explore, innovate and cultivate through simple projects that will get a garden growing at any time of year. Your whole family will be inspired to:

  • Tend beautiful, practical gardens that work in any space
  • Plant flowers as colorful as they are hardy
  • Whip up delicious meals from vegetables you planted yourself
  • Decorate your garden with nature-inspired crafts
  • Give the gift of growing, with divided plants, cuttings and seeds you save yourself
Best of all, whether you are tending flowerbeds in spring, stewing July's tomatoes, or coaxing bulbs to bloom mid-winter, you'll be doing it together.

$16.95

2-CAR APARTMENT GARAGE WITH ATRIUM E-PLAN

  • 902 Total Square Feet
  • 2nd Floor 902
  • Width: 30'-0" Depth: 32'-0"
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 1 Full Baths
  • Standard Foundation - Floating Slab
  • Building height - 27'-4"
  • Roof pitch - 9/12
  • Ceiling heights -
  • First floor - 9'
  • Second floor - 8'
  • Two 9' x 8' overhead doors
  • The L-shaped kitchen/dining area enjoys a balcony overlooking the entry
  • Complete list of materials

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!


System information:10.6MB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


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.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$310.00

GARDEN SWING WITH CANOPY E-PLAN

  • Canopy size - 12'-0" x 5'-0" x 7'-6" high
  • Bench size - 6' long
  • Attractive design features a sun screen canopy
  • Perfect for enjoying the outdoors in style
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Enjoy the outdoors in style! Relax in your backyard in this charming, canopy-shaded swing. Completed canopy size will be 12-by-5-by-7 feet 6 inches high; and completed bench size will be 6 feet long.


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!


System information: 1.33MB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


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.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$20.00

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
  • Step-by-step instructions

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!


System information: 1.14MB, load times may vary.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: Order this e-plan and it will be delivered directly to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees. For best results print at 100% on 11x17 paper or have the plan printed at your nearest print store.


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.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$200.00

HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES (8th edition)

Decades before the terms "eco-friendly" and "sustainable growing" entered the vernacular, How to Grow More Vegetables demonstrated that small-scale, high-yield, all-organic gardening methods could yield bountiful crops over multiple growing cycles using minimal resources in a suburban environment. The concept that John Jeavons and the team at Ecology Action launched more than 40 years ago has been embraced by the mainstream and continues to gather momentum. Today, How to Grow More Vegetables, now in its fully revised and updated 8th edition, is the go-to reference for food growers at every level: from home gardeners dedicated to nurturing their backyard edibles in maximum harmony with nature’s cycles, to small-scale commercial producers interested in optimizing soil fertility and increasing plant productivity. Whether you hope to harvest your first tomatoes next summer or are planning to grow enough to feed your whole family in years to come, How to Grow More Vegetables is your indispensable sustainable garden guide.

Want to read more? Preview this book: Building the Soil, Building the Future.

$19.99