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Homemade Bird Suet

Make your own suet cakes to keep your birds fat and happy throughout the winter.

Planting Living Fencerows

Fencerows and hedgerows not only demark property boundaries and help keep livestock contained, but they also provide important habitat to many species.

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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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MULTI-LEVEL JUNGLE GYM E-PLAN

  • Size - 8' x 8' x 10' high 96x96x120
  • Multi-level platforms create a unique play structure
  • Outdoor fun for children of all ages
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Multi-level platforms create a unique play structure, making this jungle gym a great source of outdoor fun for children of all ages. A complete list of materials is included with these step-by-step instructions. The finished product stands 96 by 96 by 120 inches tall.


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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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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$30.00

21ST CENTURY HERBALISTS

21st Century Herbalists brings together interviews with 21 leading herbalists, who share their secrets, tools and tips. For this new and unique book, Jesse Wolf Hardin talked with the most inspiring plant healers and wild foods foragers of our time, including:

  • Rosemary Gladstar
  • David Hoffman
  • Susun Weed
  • Matthew Wood
  • Phyllis Light
  • Todd Caldecott
  • Kiva Rose Hardin
  • Juliet Blankespoor
  • Jim McDonald
  • Bevin Clare
  • Margi Flint
  • Ben Zappin
  • Phyllis Hogan
  • 7Song
  • Doug Elliott
  • Kevin Spelman
  • Sam Coffman
  • Charles "Doc" Garcia
  • Ryan Drum
  • Kristine Brown
  • Wildman Steve Brill

$39.00

MAKING TRANSPARENT SOAP

With common ingredients and easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions, crafters can produce transparent soaps that are milder, richer and creamier than any commercial soap on the market.

About the author:
Catherine Failor has been making soap for more than 20 years. Her entrepreneurial ventures include Copra Soap, a specialty soap manufacturing company, and Milky Way Molds, which produces “the finest selection of craft molds in the Milky Way Galaxy.” She is the author of Making Transparent Soap and Making Natural Liquid Soaps.

$14.95

KEY/MAIL HOLDER

  • Size - 11" x 3" x 9"
  • Easy way to keep track of your keys and important mail
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Never lose your keys again! Plus, keep important mail organized and accessible. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size: 11-by-3-by-9 inches.


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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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

BITTER

What do coffee, IPA beer, dark chocolate and radicchio all have in common? They’re bitter. While some culinary cultures, such as in Italy and parts of Asia, have an inherent appreciation for bitter flavors (think Campari and Chinese bitter melon), little attention has been given to bitterness in North America: We’re much more likely to reach for salty or sweet. However, bitter is finally getting its due, with a surge in the popularity of craft beers; dark chocolate; coffee; greens like arugula, dandelion, radicchio and frisée; high-quality olive oil; and cocktails made with Campari and absinthe—all foods and drinks with elements of bitterness.

In this deep and fascinating exploration of bitter through science, culture, history and 100 deliciously idiosyncratic recipes (like Cardoon Beef Tagine, White Asparagus with Blood Orange Sauce, and Campari Granita), award-winning author Jennifer McLagan makes a case for this misunderstood flavor and explains how adding a touch of bitter to a dish creates an exciting taste dimension that will bring your cooking to life.

$29.99