A wolf spider lives on our window sill, with a little help from her friends. Watch this video of a wolf spider catching a moth.
Feeling blue? Try these simple happiness exercises including bouncing on an exercise ball and smiling while holding a pen or pencil in your mouth.
Musings on growing and eating garlic, and why you should "Never Eat Your Seed Garlic"!
The author figures out how to make matzoh balls, a comfort food from her childhood, without matzoh.
A shocking first hand experience with the noisy demise of an ancient carbon monoxide detector.
The author devises an inexpensive and very effective way to block cold winter winds from blowing into her kitchen via her range vents.
After years of impatient waiting, Ellen Sandbeck finally finds red LED night lights, which save energy while preserving melatonin production.
A sapling Centennial crabapple tree survives a series of mishaps and teaches new orchardists a thing or two.
Here is an easier way to blanche vegetables, such as green beans, before freezing them.
Researchers have found that inhaling a bitter substance calms and dilates the airways. Can sniffing horseradish also calm and soothe the mind? Sniffing horseradish works for Ellen Sandbeck; can it work for you?
Description of garlic planting on a two-year cycle: from tiny topset bulblets, to large single bulbs, to large heads.
A very lively potato salad recipe that is always a hit at potlucks.
Musings on a few delicious, nutritious edible weeds, plus a salmon salad and purslane recipe.
A single, volunteer potato produces 10 pounds of potatoes in a hot bed. A recipe for addictive, oven-fried potatoes.
A chainmail fillet glove revolutionizes a cook's potato-peeling technique. Plus, get recipes for potato and pumpkin curry soup and toasted pumpkin seeds.
Delicious latkes made with potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes are tasty and nutritious.
A humble homegrown pumpkin yields delicious seeds and tasty pies. Meanwhile, a beautiful and fancy dessert squash disappoints and is thrown to the dogs. Recipes ensue.
The author figures out a way to outsmart tree-damaging rodents.
Ellen Sandbeck, who has nearly a quarter century of experience as the Head Worm Wrangler of Laverme's Worms, writes about how to make and run a homemade vermicomposting bin.
Adult males and post-menopausal women are quite likely to suffer from health problems caused by excessively high levels of iron in the blood. Donating blood is the safest and most useful way to deal with this potential problem.
Learn about advertising-induced fear of an innocuous, food-grade substance, vinegar. Plus, get interesting information about vinegar being used for bioremediation of extremely dangerous chemicals.
At the Healthy Homes Conference in Denver today, I heard Home Depot Foundation CEO Fred Wacker say that the nonprofit sector is so far ahead of the profit sector in addressing healthy homes that it’s embarrassing for the profit sector.
I heard Ellen Tohn of Tohn Environmental Strategies say that the government will fund energy-efficiency updates in 1 million homes in the next year, making it paramount that energy workers understand healthy home principles. Poorly done house tightening could trap residents inside with contaminants and create hazards.
And I was pleased to hear health care pioneer Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, put quality housing in the same arena as diet, exercise and public policy as a key to achieving individual health. “If you don’t have healthy housing, I don’t care how many times you push away from the table or how far you walk, you’re not going to be healthy,” he said.