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MOTHER EARTH NEWS: April/May 2011

More Than a Magazine ... A Way of Life 

MOTHER EARTH NEWS: April/May 2011

 

Top Story

40 Gardening Tips to Maximize Your Harvest
Save time and money while growing even more great-tasting organic food.

 
 

Features

Backyard Chicken Basics
They’re less work than pets and more fun than an Xbox. Plus, they provide delicious, nutritious eggs.

Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design
If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.

Building Community Food Security
An Ohio community’s success story will inspire you to help create a healthy, secure and sustainable local food system in your area.

The Best Homemade Tomato Cages
Forget flimsy, store-bought products. Build your own sturdy, low-cost tomato cages with these four terrific designs!

Homestead Helpers: Sheep, Cattle, Pigs and Poultry
Livestock aren’t just useful for meat and eggs. They can mow lawns, work garden soil, dig stumps and more.

Antique Farm Tools
From handling hay to shearing sitting sheep, these old-time tools filled unique roles around the homesteads of yesteryear.

Easy DIY Garden Shed Plans
Anyone can build a small, simple and sensational shed!

Better Heirloom Vegetables
An Oregon farmer breeds and rehabilitates heirloom vegetable varieties, leading an evolutionary dance to help create better food.

Departments

MOTHER EARTH NEWS Online
Home Cheesemaking: From Hobby to Business
Sharpening a Handsaw
Chicken Manure in the Garden
Easy, Elegant Homemade Wreaths 

News From MOTHER
How You Can Guide MOTHER EARTH NEWS 

Dear MOTHER
Reader letters about the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner, wood-fired oven and solar stock tank plans, the Nissan Leaf, stevia and more. 

Green Gazette
Keep Your Garden Safe From Killer Compost
Are Water-Based Interior Paints Safe for Kids?
You Can Compost Human Waste!
Choose the Chevy Cruze for Great Gas Mileage
The State of Organic Seed
Comparing Compostable Bags
Questions About Farm Bill Programs? 

Crop at a Glance
Growing Cucumbers
Cool down your summer with the crunch of fresh cukes! Learn how to plant, grow, harvest and store this productive, nutritious veggie.

Real Food
Eat in Season: Rhubarb
Biscuits With Rhubarb Sauce
Rhubarb Cooking Tips
All About Real Maple Syrup
5 Things You Can Make Yourself
4 Handy Food Apps
2 Super Swaps
1 Cool Thing
Make a Sassier Salad
Duck, Duck, Goose Eggs!
Save Big on Groceries

Homestead Livestock
Red Poll Cattle
Hardy and gentle Red Poll cattle produce enough beef and milk to work as dual-purpose homestead livestock.

Garden Know-How
Companion Planting With Vegetables and Flowers
The right crop combinations will save space and provide weed and pest control.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Clever Shed-to-Coop Conversion
Privy Smell Be Gone
From Trash to Rain Barrel Bounty
Beat Garden Slugs With Sandpaper
Poultry Predator Protection
Plantain: A Weed You Can Eat
Doggone Green Park
Crisco to the Rescue
Chickens Don’t Mind ‘Expired’ Food
Easy Seed Planting
Water Plants With Veggie Water 

Ask Our Experts
Why Does This Rooster Want to Fight Me?
Leasing Solar Panels
Weed Watch: How to Kill Nutsedge
Do Those Fuel Additives Work? 

Rancho Cappuccino
Fostering Community
What promiscuous nannies and protective cows can teach us about the spirit of community.





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hunter63
3/29/2011 12:50:01 PM
I see that in the latest issue, you did mention my tomatoes cages again, seems as though they made the top four.Right on. http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/2005-02-01/DIY-Tomato-Cages.aspx

David Wright
3/23/2011 6:10:13 AM
Regarding your article, "Why Electric Cars Are Cleaner" Two additional factors to consider. First, many utility service areas promote peak/off peak rate plans. In the Arkansas Entergy area, off-peak rates (7pm to 7am-winter) are ABOUT 3.5 cents per kwh, versus the 10 cents per kwh your writer based assumptions on. This obviously skews the cost analysis heavily toward electric...at least until the load from overnight charging of electric cars sucks up all that extra power plant capacity, and they then do away with the rate program. On the other hand, the 2010 Honda Fit I drive averages 36 mpg, versus the 25 mpg used in the article. This makes it hard to believe that Honda's 2012 electric Fit will be more cost-effective, even if gas prices reach $4.00 to $5.00/gallon...especially since the car will likely cost a great deal more to purchase, even with subsidies. It would be neat if somebody would develop a spreadsheet model that you could plug all the localized variables into to find out if you are really making a good financial decision to invest in an electric car. Hmmm, I wonder if Honda will offer a conversion package for my Fit?





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