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7/28/2010
Every year, Americans use enough plastic wrap to cover the entire state of Texas (EPA). Plastic wrap and other food covers are almost impossible to recycle and contain harmful chemicals that can seep into our food. CoverMate™ Food Covers provide a simple, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution.
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.
5/27/2012
How our friend John Dougherty took a normal covered utility trailer and converted it into a camping unit.
1/30/2009
Every Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil comes out of his home at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn. to see if he has a shadow and if winter is here to stay. Learn all about Groundhog Day, from the ceremony and tradition to music and a video of the famous Phil.
3/12/2014
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home: www.earthgauge.net/?p=23794
3/11/2013
March 10-16, 2013 is National Groundwater Awareness Week and groundwater provides over 40 percent of U.S. population with drinking water. You can protect water quality at home by conserving water.
6/19/2011
It pays to be calm when working bees, but it takes practice and experiece to get there. Here is an eany way to practice, and an easy way to remove the cover without disturbing the colony, or the colony disturbing you.
11/15/2011
Turtle Plastics Modular Matting is now available in 14 colors.
4/20/2009
Help us determine if a mixture of coffee grounds and eggshells can protect your cabbages from pest damage.
11/13/2013
Support your local food systems while getting the most from your home garden.
1/28/2013
Does Punxsutawney Phil have competition for 'predicting' the weather? Take a look at these other animals and insects that can tell when the weather is changing, or can't they?
8/6/2008
Risky play behavior, such as climbing trees, helps children to learn how to judge thier own limits.
7/30/2008
Learn how to encourage good pollinators when growing plants under row covers to keep out the bad bugs.
7/9/2012
Nitrogen-fixing winter cover crops can save you money on fertilizer next year.
9/17/2014
Ground cherries were once a popular staple in backyard gardens. Urbanization and lost space to grow our food led to ground cherries falling out of favor. Though older folks may remember eating ground cherry jam, they’ve only recently begun reappearing at farmers markets and in seed catalogs. Ground cherries are easy to grow and pack an unusual flavor punch in jams, pies, savory sauces.
3/2/2011
During National Ground Water Awareness Week next week, let's bring attention to what natural gas drilling is doing to our ground water supplies.
10/8/2013
Cover crops protect your soil over the winter and are beneficial for soil building. Learn more about your cover crop options and the time to plant them.
5/1/2012
Tips for managing spring cover crops using only hand tools.
9/18/2007
Now is a great time to sow a cover crop or two that will enrich your garden soil over the winter.
11/14/2008
Garden soil left exposed in winter is easily damaged by compaction, erosion and leaching. Use mulches or cover crops to safeguard and build your soil during the winter months.
4/18/2012
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.
4/20/2011
These tough vinyl tarps can be used singly or glued together to make larger waterproof coverings.
2/2/2011
The ground hog may be signalling an early end to winter, but today's a day to stay in with good food, an arsenal of craft projects and a warming bath.
9/19/2012
Autumn is very busy at Stony Knolls Farm between the Common Ground Fair and Fall Goat School!
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.
8/10/2010
It’s an innovative new product that provides homeowners with an aesthetic and permanent solution to the problem of unsightly above-ground propane tanks.
5/29/2012
Tips for keeping your tomato plants healthy.
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.
1/4/2012
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
2/6/2013
Talking about carrying in the red roofing tin the old fashioned way due to a broken golf cart and some very muddy conditions. The refrigerator root cellar continues to prove itself as an experiment that seems to be working so far.
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.
7/18/2012
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
9/15/2014
Clean up your garden now and plant cover crops that will protect your garden soil through the winter and provide compost and mulch material for next year.
2/15/2012
Summing up the past week with a few highlights that help to illustrate how we've been getting along in the ending days of the 2012 winter season.
11/15/2011
Cover crops are grown between planting seasons as a way to give back to the soil what cultivation takes from it. And cover crops aren’t just for large-scale growers—they can help you get the most out of your backyard vegetable garden too!
10/24/2012
Orchard soil health is a topic that gets covered as well as the new asparagus beetle management system and how it seems to be working better than we could have hoped for. Dielectric grease to prevent rust and corrosion on the golf cart battery post.
1/16/2012
You don't have to depend on nature to feed your bees. Take matters into your own hands and plant enough good food for your bees, so they have good, safe food all year long.
5/16/2012
Summing up the last week of activity by hitting on a few key stories that might prove note worthy to a few of the homesteading folks out there complete with photo montage of golf cart jousting and aquaponic trout.
1/25/2013
Launching Anna's new E book on cover crops in a no till garden and talking about the recent power failure that prompted us to do some Off Grid Homesteading which taught us a few lessons on using golf cart batteries for supplemental lighting.


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