Nature & Environment
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Use Bat Houses for Mosquito Control

Controlling mosquito populations can be tricky. Luckily, you can summon a natural ally by building a homemade bat house.

5 Edible Wild Greens

Learn the basics of backyard foraging and your taste buds will thank you.

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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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ROW COVERS AND MULCHES E-HANDBOOK

Many gardeners fashion cold frames from whatever materials they can find. Others rely on old standby covers, such as hot caps. Regardless of the type, row covers help protect plants from frost, wind, pests, rain and snow.

This e-handbook advises you on the different types of row covers, how to make them and how to use them. Chapters include:

  • Extending Your Garden Season
  • The Ins and Outs of Floating Row Covers
  • Plastic Tunnels and Mulches
  • Planning Your Garden Protection
  • Installing Mulches, Tunnels and Row Covers
  • Timing, Pollination and Optimum Temperatures
  • Storing Protective Covers
  • Frost Dates

Proper protection will result in hardy, healthy plants. 36 pages.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Mother Earth News Wiser Living E-Handbooks 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 reading today!

$9.95

KEY RACK WITH DOORS E-PLAN

  • Size - 9" x 3" x 13 1/2"
  • Key slots for many sets
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Need to keep track of multiple sets of keys? This spacious key rack is just the thing. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions. Finished product size: 9-by-3-by-13.5 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!


System information: 1.70MB, load times may vary.

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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.

This plan was provided by HDA, Inc.

$20.00

HANDSOME DECK PLAN WITH BUILT-IN BENCHES E-PLAN

  • Width: 23'-3", depth: 17'-7"
  • Plenty of space is offered for grand outdoor living
  • Built-in benches and a plant ledge provide beauty and function
  • A 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:543KB, 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.

$40.00

ORGANIC GARDENING E-BOOK PROJECTS COLLECTION

Use the innate qualities of nature to enhance every condition of your garden and maintain the standard and quality of a truly organic crop. Containing 704 pages of information, the Organic Gardening E-book Projects collection can teach you to grow the best produce; eliminate harmful pests safely and effectively and more.


For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Organic Gardening E-book Projects collection together in one convenient collection. This comprehensive set includes 21 useful e-handbooks with titles ranging from "Growing the Best Strawberries" to "Gardening with Earthworms". The Organic Gardening E-book Projects collection is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to encourage natural, nutritious growing.


E-book Projects Included in the Collection:


  • Gardening in Clay Soil
  • Growing the Best Corn
  • Growing the Best Root Crops
  • Growing the Best Asparagus
  • Growing Super Salad Greens
  • Growing the Best Peppers
  • Growing the Best Onions
  • Fertilizers for Free
  • Seed Starting Indoors
  • Row Covers and Mulches
  • Tips for Dirt Cheap Gardening
  • Pest Proofing Your Garden
  • Wide Row Planting
  • Gardening with Earthworms
  • Container Gardening
  • Growing and Using Garlic
  • Growing the Best Grapes
  • Growing the Best Strawberries
  • Growing the Best Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Dirt Cheap Gardening
  • Planning the Perfect Garden


INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book projects collection we will provide you with a link for the e-books on the confirmation page. Simply click on the links and save the files to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.


*E-Books are Eco-friendly! By supporting digital products like this one you help conserve resources and energy that comes with printing standard books. Order your downloadable e-book projects collection and start reading today!

$49.95