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11/20/2009
T. Boone Pickens is the very embodiment of the Texas oil tycoon. He’s also, arguably, the world’s leading advocate for wind energy.
6/3/2005
I just got this great email from a good friend of Natural Home & Garden, Debbie Hindman.
2/19/2009
Find free plans for your green home.
3/11/2009
Build a simple do-it-yourself small barn or shed to house livestock, garden tools and machinery.
4/19/2011
A Precision Garden Seeder can make planting seed crops quick and easy!
1/27/2013
Try using the Grow Planner app to streamline your garden planning and your garden work.
1/8/2013
Put together a notebook with your complete garden plan. Here's some tips to get you started.
7/13/2010
Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant provides tips to help users get the most out of the new MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. This interactive software will help you plan your best garden ever!
7/6/2010
Don't miss Blue August, a month-long event with special programming from Planet Green that will motivate you to become more aware of the world's oceans.
10/22/2008
T. Boone Pickens is calling Americans to submit videos about the importance of independence from foreign oil. The contest ends Oct. 25, and the winning video will be sent to national political leaders.
10/8/2010
Want fresh cider? Make your own cider press using these free plans.
3/16/2011
Companion planting can be a great strategy for organic gardeners. Take our nationwide companion planting survey to help us gather useful information about this gardening technique.
4/4/2012
We have some exciting additions to announce about our award-winning Vegetable Garden Planner program and our new Grow Planner iPad app, including new seed company catalogs, a filter tool, a favorites button and an app update.
11/4/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS wins two exciting accolades at FOLIO’s Eddie Awards, one for their article Organic Pest Control: What Works, What Doesn’t and one for their Vegetable Garden Planner tool.
5/26/2011
What a nice surprise it can be to notice new spring babies emerging from where their parent plants grew the year before. Volunteer plants are a wonderful gift!
2/17/2009
A reader asks about when to plant potatoes in Zone 9.
3/29/2012
We took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather by planting potatoes, peas and beets in the garden outside our office.
6/1/2010
"Life", a Discovery Channel nature documentary series on unique animal behaviors, will air on Animal Planet beginning June 6.
8/26/2010
Second in a series of blog posts about how to convert a lawn mower or other gasoline small engine to run on propane.
5/5/2014
Seed Germination depends on Soil Temperature. Transplants need to survive a late spring frost. Here are some handy charts and a lookup tool that will help your timing for a successful garden.
1/27/2012
Cam believes in the Boy Scout's "Be Prepared" motto when it comes to all aspects of his life....
2/8/2012
A discussion of three power tools to prep your logs or timbers for building.
2/21/2012
Knowing your average last frost date is key to getting your garden off to a good start.
5/1/2014
May is a busy time in the garden for planting. Frost-free weather is the time to get summer veggies in their pots or garden spot.
4/8/2010
Thoreau, Rachel Carson, Bill McKibbon, Terry Tempest Williams. Do you have a favorite nature or environmental writer? A book or story you can get lost in, that inspires you to action, or simply reminds you of how incredible nature is? Post a comment to share the titles that invite you into the wonder of the natural world — or have maybe even changed your life.
5/16/2011
Is your patio short on space? Check out the Hot Pot BBQ, a grill that doubles as an herb planter.
5/28/2009
Advice on good online plant and animal databases.
5/2/2014
Learn how to grow more food in your organic vegetable garden without enlarging your garden space by using the space-saving gardening techniques outlined in this short video.
3/18/2011
Tom Newmark won't rest until he's helped establish 10,000 seed sanctuaries--living gardens devoted to propagating and nurturing endangered plants--across the world. He came a step closer this week with the establishment of a sanctuary in India.
7/17/2014
Enjoy healthy blackberry and raspberry elixirs and teas, blessings from the brambles of Summer!
8/3/2009
Save money by planting smaller trees and shrubs from mail-order sources.
2/28/2014
The innovative garden seeder from Simple Seeder increases speed and ease of planting.
4/7/2012
Ira helps you get started using nature's signs to plan your garden. Don't just rely on planting dates — easy observations of what's blooming, buzzing, and singing in your garden will help you see changing patterns from year to year.
9/16/2013
For humanity to create a better world, we must address issues of economic equality and limited resources. The natural environment can recover from much damage if we gradually limit the human population and judge business success by quality rather than quantity.
6/7/2013
If you're searching for kids' playhouse plans, look no further — this whimsical cob building provides an inexpensive child's oasis with a natural cooling system.
5/11/2012
STIHL provides support to new online resource for do-it-yourself audience.
5/29/2011
How we turned our plain old yard into a productive farm, and how you can do it too!
3/6/2012
Cam thinks its important that we all have a Plan B, no matter where we live.
3/9/2012
In this blog, Robert White of Quail Acres Farm shares some of his experiences in the Growing Farmers workshops as they relate to planning for his upcoming move to the farm to establish his market garden and small livestock business.
10/29/2010
A new episode in the PBS series Journey to Planet Earth, hosted by Matt Damon, will feature Mother Earth News contributing editor and visionary Lester Brown’s “Plan B” on how we can save civilization in the face of global climate change.
3/14/2014
If you know much of each food from your garden you consume each year, you can better plan how much to grow.
2/20/2011
An overview of groups, initiatives, planning certifications, and neighborhood developments that promote sustainable communities, including Transition initiatives, ecovillages, One Planet Communities, LEED for Neighborhood Development, and others.
6/3/2011
On the eve of Southern Company (NYSE:  SO) holding its annual meeting of stockholders in Pine Mountain, GA., the nonprofit Green America released a report ranking the major U.S. power producer as “the United States’ most irresponsible utility.”    
7/30/2008
Japanese beetles feed for six to eight weeks, and in that time, they are able to feed on over 300 plant species. Although collecting beetles may seem like an exhausting every day task, you're plants will appreciate it.
9/20/2013
Even as far north as Maine I can harvest produce from March to December with parsnips to dig from under the frost in February without the use of row covers or a greenhouse. In some beds I do two or more succession plantings that together with the root cellar keeps me with fresh produce all year.
2/28/2013
Onions are daylight sensitive and need to have plenty of time to put on top growth before the days start to get shorter and the plant pulls its energy into the bulb. If you like to start onions from seed, don’t wait! The best time is already closing in.
4/25/2013
Pasteurizing your own compost can protect your new seedlings from damping-off and harmful bacteria.
12/18/2009
Time often isn't looked at as a resource - at least, not outside of corporate efficiency evaluations - but it's one of the most valuable resources any of us have. It's required for all the plans and hopes that we have, from learning to bake bread to building a self-sufficient homestead. How do you spend your time, and how would you like to?
3/26/2009
Recipes and ideas for meals with less meat.
5/5/2009
Here are some helpful resources to help you determine when to take care of various lawn and garden tasks, such as planting, watering, weeding, fertilizing, mulching and harvesting plants.
12/17/2010
Gift cards to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner are now available for just $25.
3/21/2014
Where environmental groups claim financial incentives for recycling to be a costly and unnecessary form of expenditure, we see them as the only realistic option available which actually produces the desired effect.
7/6/2011
Congratulations to Pat Stone creator and editor of Green Prints Magazine and, now, a recognized Asset to the Planet!
8/29/2011
Let's stop for a minute and think about what we are doing!
6/6/2013
Using an old-world technique, Russians are growing their own organic crops -- and it's working.
9/11/2013
Humanity has the power to change and to take the actions needed to foster a healthy planet and a better standard of living for all. Choosing beauty and abundance will ensure a better future not only for humanity, but for the natural environment as well.
1/30/2012
The best low cost (semi-reliable) options for getting animals and plants onto your homestead!
10/8/2010
Though it reuses a waste material, fly ash concrete contains traces of mercury and other chemicals from coal-burning power plants. Do you want that in your home?
1/25/2010
A University of Georgia study finds that common houseplants can remove toxins and improve indoor air quality.
1/30/2012
Information on World Wetlands Day and their benefits and tips on how to protect your local wetlands.
5/7/2012
Tips on how to celebrate National Wildflower Week, May 6-13!
8/12/2013
Trying to tend to kids AND a garden.
2/15/2011
Creating tomato grafts may be a great way to grow tomatoes organically. Tomato grafting has emerged as one good way to bring resistance to soilborne diseases to susceptible heirloom varieties.
5/13/2013
Learn what to do when you come across onion flowers and garlic flowers in your garden.
6/3/2014
Planting a water-smart garden with native plants can help you save water when temperatures heat up.
12/1/2010
Thoughts, experiences, and tips after a season of mowing with the propane-powered lawnmower.
4/6/2011
No one had ever attempted to set a land speed record for gasification vehicles so Beaver Energy was the first.
2/28/2013
This blog post discusses growing enough produce for canning.
3/12/2013
I cure my spring fever by planting in a hoop house.
8/24/2007
Plan to plant garlic this fall, and enjoy unique varieties and their incredible health benefits.
4/25/2013
April 26, 2013 is National Arbor Day! Celebrate by planting a tree at home or enjoying trees where you live and learn about the many benefits they provide.
6/7/2013
I separate the fact from the fiction with use of soluble fertilizers.
8/31/2012
Learn how to breed corn in your own corn nursery, plus learn how to properly hand-pollinate corn plants.
7/17/2014
A tutorial on making a flower press with supplies that don't require heavy tools or a visit to the hardware store.
8/15/2010
With the lifting of the four-year Bicycle Plan injunction, we're watching the next premiere biking city unfold — at record pace — in San Francisco, California.
12/8/2011
A couple of weeks ago, the Adventure Cycling blog called attention to the Roanoke Mountain Campground's threatened closure via the Blue Ridge Parkway's Draft Management Plan (DMP).
12/15/2010
Planning a party? Let wabi-sabi’s influence lead to a casual, comfortable gathering.
10/1/2008
Growing the three sisters (corn, beans, squash) in the same plot of land actually helps yield healthier crops of each.
9/13/2011
Architecture students designed and built an airy, light-filled Chicken Chapel in Vermont that's light on the land and glows like a Japanese lantern at night.
5/14/2008
Expert advice on adding single nutrients, such as Epsom salts, to your garden and house plants.
12/13/2011
Do you love strawberries? It is hard to decide on the best way to manage them if attempting to grow them. I want strawberries bad enough to try to figure out what method works best for me.
7/11/2012
Michelle Corbett's grandmother and great-grandmother taught her to use a natural compost consisting of eggshells and coffee grounds.
9/26/2011
How to avoid contacting poison ivy and poison oak.
2/21/2012
Installing a rain gauge can help determine how much water your plants really need.
7/11/2007
Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson will be remembered for her significant conservation efforts, especially with wildflowers and the preservation of native plants.
3/22/2013
The process of training and pruning blackberry plants is demystified by a gardening expert from Gurney's Seed.
8/4/2008
Many gardeners take lettuce off of their summer planting lists, but shade covers can put garden-grown lettuce on your table more than a month sooner this fall.
8/24/2010
The future of the Pavlovsk Station in Russia is in jeopardy due to a pending housing development project. Find out what you can do to help save the world’s largest holding of rare berries and trees.
5/9/2014
Lamb's quarters, also known as wild spinach, is an abundant wild vegetable. It's a nutritional superstar with a delicious, mild flavor.
2/10/2014
Birch trees are easy to identify in winter thanks to their distinctive bark, and they offer a hot drink, aromatic flour and sweet syrup to cold weather foragers.
2/12/2011
It’s been bitterly cold in Michigan. The big blizzard has gone through and has left us with a bunch of snow.
3/2/2012
Know how many seeds you need for your area considering germination rate and extras.
6/26/2012
Keep your garden full all season by planting the next crop as soon as the previous crop is harvested. Tips for deciding what to plant next.
6/3/2009
Readers share tips and recipes for cheaper, easier and healthier home cooking.
11/26/2013
A Garden Planner subscription is a budget-friendly gift that offers the satisfaction of spending the chillier chunks of the calendar plotting the bounty ahead.
12/18/2013
A new report from Shareable and the Sustainable Economies Law Center details ways that city officials can harness the power of sharing to transform their cities for the better.
5/27/2014
Interested in seed saving but worried about mistakes? Have questions about seed saving? Here’s the chance to give your input in a new seed saving class!
5/20/2014
June is a beautiful and bountiful time in the garden. It is also not too late to put in a garden! With a few tips, you can get the best harvest ever.
9/7/2010
Mother Nature has a way of filling in the blank spots....
3/23/2011
To ensure we have a full productive garden, each spring I start a habit of carrying a packet of seeds in my pocket every time I head to the garden!
10/14/2011
It pays to spend time preparing your garden for winter. You can improve your soil, increase your harvest, decrease garden pests and make next spring's planting much easier.
1/13/2012
How to Schedule your Planting by the Moon
3/11/2010
The staff at MOTHER EARTH NEWS plants tomatoes and peppers during a seed-planting project at the office.
3/31/2012
Make a shelf or table into a growing space for starting seedlings.
5/16/2012
Here are two helpful tips that will help you have a successful tomato plant.
5/2/2013
How to measure tomato seedlings for success before planting into your garden.
6/18/2012
This blog post tells about Barbara Lee's memories of her grandpa who built a two-holer outhouse for his family and surrounded it with peonies so that there would not be an unpleasant odor.
1/19/2012
Barbara Pleasant offers a step-by-step plan to starting seeds.
3/21/2012
Want lettuce and carrots all year round? Ira Wallace tells us her simple simple method for keeping track of succession plantings.
11/29/2007
Find garlic seed stock for growing garlic.
11/6/2008
Garlic is one of the easiest plants you can grow, and fall is the time for planting. Here are a few resources to help you get started.
3/16/2012
Using newspaper, learn how to craft easy, biodegradable pots to start seeds.
7/21/2011
The Rhombin, a desktop organizer made from a plant-based plastic (bioplastic), merges sustainability with convenience and cutting-edge design.
6/21/2010
Odwalla's Plant A Tree program enters its third year with a donation of twice as many trees to be planted in all 50 states as well as participating state park programs.
12/19/2012
Use our popular When to Plant app to know when to plant each crop in your area.
2/8/2013
Learn how to rotate crops with this helpful crop rotation video.
2/11/2009
Siegers Seed Company is attempting to patent and own a common cucurbit gene for warty pumpkins, and gardeners who know better are disappointed.
10/2/2013
Growing pine trees from seed will allow you to produce lots of trees very economically. Follow these instructions to propagate pine trees from seed.
12/30/2013
With so many good things that plants do in our life, would it be so bad to stop and appreciate them?
3/18/2014
This blog post shares some of the simple techniques learned through many years of experience by someone who grows vegetable seedlings for a living.
3/26/2014
The USDA first published a plant hardiness zone map based on temperature in 1960. Hardiness zones are based on the average annual extreme minimum temperature. What's your zone?
7/21/2014
This blog takes a look at the steps taken to propagate lavender by taking cuttings.
1/4/2011
Turn low value plastic trash into valuable building blocks with a $300 homemade press. Free plans for a hand operated press are available. A mechanized version could be made by converting a log splitter.
7/31/2012
A listing of companies that offer green dwellings in the form of modular, prefab, manufactured, compact, or mobile structures. These days, many such options are available that are not only green, but also beautiful, well-made, and often low-cost.
4/17/2012
Using 16-foot livestock panels in many ways on your homestead.
5/29/2012
Tips for keeping your tomato plants healthy.
6/12/2012
A wedding using homegrown and local food and no disposable items. Decorations were things already on hand. The ceremony took place in a field and the reception was in a barn...and there was love-lots of it!
7/24/2012
Strategies for controlling voles in the potatoes in your garden.
1/11/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger Rachel shares the basics of landscape design.
8/15/2013
“Grow a Sustainable Diet” is an upcoming book (spring, 2014) that helps you plan what to eat and what to grow, feeding you and the Earth while maintaining a small ecological footprint.
9/18/2012
Plan fall cover crops to feed back the soil and leave the bed ready for when you need to plant the main crop next year.
6/1/2010
The Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force has proposed numerous changes, including coastal and marine spatial planning, to keep a constant eye on our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes. Will increased regulations help us avoid future accidents in our most treasured bodies of water? Tell us what you think about the proposed changes.
8/21/2013
Our Vegetable Garden Planner assists you in planting your fall garden by giving you planting dates specific to your location, projected harvest dates and more.
6/3/2010
Don’t let the cost of gardening keep you out of the dirt this year. Cheap gardening can be fun and easy. With these tips for gardening on a budget, you’ll save on seeds, make your own fertilizer and impress your friends with your gardening know how.
12/13/2013
Reading between the lines of the seed catalog variety descriptions is a science and an art. How not to get carried away by all the positive exclamations and miss some basic fact that would tell you this variety is not for your farm? This post provides tips.
5/23/2014
A well-thought-out garden design will make your work enjoyable and manageable and will encourage the gardener's presence and attention.
5/30/2014
With the fence in (just barely), this rainy Wednesday looks just perfect for planting.
6/2/2014
Chives and mint come to a duel for territory in the herb garden, while the spring sap-sucker marks time.
5/21/2014
With the Drought Pod, the organic mass is inside the pod where it never dries out and by planting the tomatoes, or any vegetable directly beside the barrel, the plant roots can tap into the nutrients and moisture as they so choose.
5/16/2014
Twin Oaks Seed Farm’s focus has been producing seeds on contract for a handful of small seed companies. The author discusses involvement in starting a new cooperative retail seed project, Common Wealth Seed Growers.
5/21/2014
April's tips for controlling weeds and fertilizing your garden.
6/3/2014
The garden is 58 by 112 feet and it's planted!
6/25/2014
Peppers and tomatoes are some of the easier plants to save seed from. This post covers isolation distance and introduces basic seed saving techniques.
3/18/2014
Get advice on all things garden seed, from organizing seeds and ordering seeds to understanding seed catalog terms such as open-pollinated and F1 hybrid.
3/8/2011
Herbs are versatile plants that enhance our lives by adding beauty, aroma, nutrition, seasoning, and a varied landscape. Because they can be grown indoors, or outdoors in pots, as part of landscaping or in the garden, everyone has room to grow herbs.
3/8/2012
Spring is here and those tomato plants that were started in January are settled into their new hoophouse home. I have hopes for early tomatoes; will a late freeze stifle this goal?
10/22/2012
A brief summary of the vast amount of data we've compiled over the last few years on experimenting with rotational chicken pastures on our homestead.
10/2/2012
Heirloom vegetables are multi-use crops that have been passed down from gardeners for decades, sometimes centuries. Respected author and gardener, William Woys Weaver, discusses his reasons for using heirloom plants and saving seed.
1/25/2011
Finca Luna Nueva's Sacred Seeds Sanctuary is a living laboratory to nurture tropical and native species through the next 10 years of climate change.
2/17/2011
A new study finds that generating electricity from coal costs taxpayers $345 billion each year, making renewable energy start to look like a bargain.
3/31/2012
The mild winter has led to an earlier than usual spring growing season and plenty of surprises in the way of plants making it through the winter that normally would never survive the cold season. Here's a peek at what's growing in my spring garden.
2/7/2013
I’d like to introduce the words farmden and farmdener into the English language. I wonder if there are any other farmdeners out there. And just what is a farmden? It’s more than a garden, less than a farm. That’s my definition, but it also could be described as a site with more plants and/or land than one person can care for sanely. A gardener and garden gone wild, out of control.
8/3/2010
Basil is a versatile herb that can be used for companion planting, bee forage, year-round herb as well as delicious pesto.
10/12/2011
Maddy Harland explains how to make light work of establishing the ground layer in a forest garden, create a wildlife habitat and control pests all at the same time.
7/12/2012
There are many logical reasons for adding flowers to your vegetable garden: attracting beneficials, crop diversity, companion-planting, barriers and healthy soil. But perhaps their beauty does not need to be rationalized at all!
11/13/2012
Grow calcium in your garden with collards, kale, and parsley. Suggestions are given for including these crops in your meals. Learn about companions to plant among your collards and kale to deter harmful insects.
10/2/2011
The Garlic Gurus at Seeds from Italy give you the scoop on growing your own garlic. This post answers questions of when and where to grow garlic, what varieties to grow, how much to grow, where to buy garlic, and how much to plant.
8/7/2012
Giving your ornamental and vegetable garden a thorough cleaning in midsummer not only leaves the landscape looking better, but can help prevent damage from diseases and pests by removing the conditions in which they thrive.
9/18/2012
Description of garlic planting on a two-year cycle: from tiny topset bulblets, to large single bulbs, to large heads.
9/21/2011
How-To Build a Hoop House; a collection of resources for growers.
6/16/2012
Hints for harvests all summer long - don't just sow once! Ira helps you plan summer successions for your garden. Plus, discover culinary secrets of okra you never suspected - okra coffee and okra oil - and a recipe for a simple okra lunch.
1/25/2013
The week-long STIHL Tour des Trees is an international cycling tour combining natural beauty, camaraderie and fundraising for the benefit of urban trees.
2/20/2012
Sun-Lite HP for greenhouse glazing provides excellent diffused light.
10/27/2010
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
2/11/2011
A new wastewater treatment plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will use methane gas to produce energy.
3/19/2013
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists shows significant lapses in nuclear power plant safety.  
10/2/2012
Deciding which vegetables to grow can be an important step for any gardener. It is efficient to fill the space that you have with vegetables that keep for the longest periods of time, which can also mean a lot to the bottom line of any garden.
12/27/2010
This posting discusses how deforestation increases global warming and ocean acidification. It also discusses the role of deforestation in triggering severe flooding,aquifer depletion, soil degradation and animal and plant extinction.
2/15/2012
It's mid-February, time to start thinking about spring! Ira Wallace helps us make our garden plan, remember our perennials, and Plant a Row for the Hungry this year.
5/30/2012
This blog post describes the MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff's afternoon spent harvesting their homegrown garlic.
5/31/2011
Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and ethnobotanist James Duke, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts in medicinal plants, places garlic among the best all-around plant medicines in the world. Learn about the host of ailments garlic can alleviate and prevent, and discover some of the added health perks of this flavorful, folklore-infused herb.
7/28/2014
'Tis the season for education and celebration, at this year's herbal gatherings.
3/12/2014
How fast climate change will require you and your descendants to move north in order to keep farming and gardening a serious question you should be asking yourself.
4/16/2012
Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.
3/16/2011
A National Resources Defense Council analyst calls proposed standards “the most important actions to clean up air pollution from dirty coal-burning power plants since the Clean Air Act was last updated in 1990.”
7/14/2012
It may be sweltering hot outside, but we're still busily sowing seeds at the Southern Exposure farms! Learn how to plant your bountiful fall and winter garden, with abundant harvests through Thanksgiving and beyond.
6/22/2011
Chris Kilham—founder of Medicine Hunter, TV personality and author of 14 books on natural health and plant-based medicines—speaks about three plants he's disovered that could make a profound difference in our health -- naturally.
5/5/2011
If the DEA can't tell the difference between hemp and marijuana plants, says a former Kentucky governor, how can it distinguish between powdered sugar and cocaine? Hempsters: Plant the Seed is a must-see movie that gives pro-hemp activists a voice.
5/23/2011
Prepping for major emergencies - earthquakes, floods, tornadoes - is important, but so is emergency planning for less dramatic events. Find out what you can do to reduce the potential for stress.
1/5/2012
These are the first steps we took to make the change from city living to off grid living. It describes the questions you should ask before you buy property and the research required to make sure you can do want you want with your property.
7/16/2012
How our community has planned ahead for wildfire contingencies.
1/22/2013
Eat carrots from your garden all winter! A little planning goes a long way toward more food with less work. Learn how to start with a winter cover crop of rye, with carrots following next in the rotation, maturing by the time the first frost.
8/30/2013
Our efforts to improve energy efficiency in the United States might be faltering.
2/22/2011
We sat down for an interview with James Duft, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair Planner and Programming Manager. Read about what you can expect to see, do and participate in if you attend the upcoming Fair in Puyallup, Wash. Sheep dog training, cheese making, bread baking and antique tractors await!
10/2/2012
Begin your garden planning with what,and particularly how much, you want to eat. Take a look at what you are eating now and go from there.
6/26/2011
How can someone who claims to be a 'modern homesteader' not have planted her garden by the end of June, you ask? Well, let me tell you...
1/30/2013
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has started a global campaign to help reduce food waste worldwide.
3/4/2012
A tour of the gardens at Southern Exposure, where we're taking advantage of warm sunny days in February to get our gardens ready for intense planting ahead. But there's still plenty to sow, indoors and out.
6/2/2014
This post outlines the basics of garden planning to save seeds from cucumbers, melons, squash and gourds.
5/27/2014
Discover how to grow various members of the onion family: bulb onions and scallions, leeks, garlic, ramps, shallots, and chives. Each one has different requirements and habits, yet all are rewarding for organic gardeners.
10/4/2010
I am especially concerned with the electricity hogs that keep us burning coal.
5/30/2012
So, what do you do if you neglected to start your veggies way back in January or February? You had good intentions but there always seemed to be something that stole your attention. Now it’s the planting season and you have nothing to plant...
1/25/2013
Sorting through seed catalogs is one of the most entertaining tasks we have here at MOTHER EARTH NEWS. These garden seed catalogs come in handy when searching for just the right variety of heirloom veggies to grow, and they're fun to look at too!
7/12/2011
In Oak Park, Michigan, a mother of six faces 93 days in jail for planting vegetables in her front yard. People across the country are rallying to her defense.
4/2/2012
My first blog for MOTHER EARTH NEWS takes me back to a time when I didn't know I had a love of gardening. One of my first gardening experiences came during an unlikely encounter with my curmudgeon grandfather.
10/27/2010
This is a fun story about planting seeds for future generations and not recognizing a gift when it is blooming right in your face.
1/7/2013
Ira Wallace explores good winter gardening reads, gives advice on how to use the winter lull wisely to plan and prepare, and shares an update in the ongoing court battle to protect family farmers from agri-giant Monsanto.
4/18/2012
Breaking down the last week of homesteading we've done over at WaldenEffect.org, and the Top Bar project we started as well as talk on Brix, biodynamics, and Plant Secondary Metabolites. Also have details on an external frame backpack modification.


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