MOTHER EARTH NEWS: June/July 2011
More Than a Magazine ... A Way of Life
Choose DIY to Save Big on Solar Panels for Your Home!
Consider installing your own solar electric system. Doing the work yourself can add up to serious savings!
Organic Pest Control: What Works, What Doesn’t
Our nationwide reader survey reveals the worst pests in each region and the best methods for managing them.
Keystone Species: How Predators Create Abundance and Stability
Wolves, bears, otters, starfish — these ecosystem engineers affect nature in overt yet surprisingly subtle ways.
Build an Affordable, Portable and Predator-Proof Chicken Coop
Meet MOTHER’s Mighty Chicken-Mobile: a secure, low-cost, DIY, portable chicken coop for use in backyards and gardens.
Best Green Cars
The hybrid car that changed the world, two revolutionary electric cars, an affordable, high-mpg gas car, a hybrid sports car, and a long-lasting diesel all come together on our 2011 list of the Best Green Cars.
What the Right Bike Can Do for You
When it comes to saving money, being healthier and reducing your environmental impact, there’s a lot to be said for pedal power.
Grow Sweet Potatoes — Even in the North
This nutritious, easy-to-store crop is one of the best staples for anyone looking to be food self-sufficient.
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Build a Self-Watering Container
Herbal Skin Care Basics: Tools, Ingredients, Recipes
Raising Geese: The Basics
Bee Gardens: Flowers, Fruits and Herbs for a Bee-Friendly Habitat
News From MOTHER
Why We Homestead
Reader letters about homemade bread, killer compost, politics in MOTHER EARTH NEWS, container gardening, Passive House construction, and more.
A New Model for Wind Power
Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory From Seed Savers Exchange
Control Garden Pests Organically With Spinosad
Yet More Proof That Grass-Fed Meat Is Better
Court Supports Truth in Labeling for GE Foods
All You ‘Knead’ to Know About Breads
Chevy Volt Earns Energizing Awards
Crop at a Glance
Refreshing and colorful, all varieties of melons have a lot to offer. Learn how to plant, grow, harvest and store these scrumptious fruits.
20 Ways to Use Your Zukes
Short-Season Treat: Squash Blossoms
Grill School: Fun With Fruit
Summertime Sippers: Sustainable and Organic Wines
Wine Sensitivities: Am I Allergic to Sulfites?
Just a Little Bit Longer: How to Keep All Kinds of Food Fresh
Get the Most From Vegetable Garden Mulches
Inexpensive organic mulches, such as grass clippings and fallen leaves, will work wonders on your veggie patch.
Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Build a Versatile Spiral Herb Garden
Urbancrete Raised Beds
Backyard Grass-Hut Retreat
Cool Water Barrel With Many Uses
Chickens Dust With Diatomaceous Earth
Homestead Clothing for Hot Weather
Harvesting Mulberries the Easy Way
Effortless Earthworm Attraction
Classy, Brassy Curtain Rod
Use VHS Tape to Deter Deer
Dry Food in Your Gas Oven
The Importance of Biodiversity
Maintaining the awe-inspiring abundance of species on Earth could be the benchmark for humanity’s success.
Ask Our Experts
What Are the Health Benefits of Garlic?
Those Stinkin’ Stink Bugs
Drinking From Garden Hoses
The Future of Forests