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3/4/2011
Read about our mycological journey, starting with our process of inoculating several shiitake mushroom logs. The process is easy enough for most anyone intersted in producing their own shiitake mushrooms at home — plus, it's fun and a big money-saver!
11/20/2008
Sauté mushrooms in some butter for a quick and tasty treat.
11/12/2008
Growing mushrooms can be easy if you get expert advice and stay on top of your mushroom log's needs.
1/24/2013
EZ Tomato Cages are the brainstorm of two friends, both fed up with purchasing tomato cages that were cheaply fabricated, weak and difficult to store.
11/13/2012
Here's a tip on how to grow sprouts in your kitchen garden for fun and nutritious eating.
11/6/2008
Try doing something different this winter by growing mushrooms. It's entertaining, and it provides you with an edible treat!
11/30/2010
Done with flimsy, store-bought tomato cages that fall over when the wind blows? Build long-lasting, heavy-duty tomato cages to fit your garden with one of our four plans.
3/5/2012
Growstone makes breakthrough, high-performance hydroponic growth mediums and soil aerators from discarded glass.
10/3/2012
describing the upcoming fun photo contest with the theme being chickens and the fun they either have or give. Figs and more figs are at the heart of the obsession.
3/14/2013
Simply by covering your potatoes with ample mulch, storing potatoes in the ground is not only possible but incredibly easy and successful. Learn how to store potatoes in your garden and enjoy crisp, homegrown spuds through winter and into spring.
3/16/2012
A recipe for sourdough starter.
7/27/2012
The author of STAND UP AND GARDEN discusses why it is safe to can and otherwise preserve produce that's grown in an environment in which pesticides are used.
10/15/2010
Concerned about unlabeled food products that contain artificial growth hormones and genetically modified organisms? A recent court ruling in Ohio took the first step in reversing laws limiting consumer awareness about what’s in their milk.
9/12/2011
Carolyn’s story of living on a farm in rural Illinois shows that one can truly live off the land by having a huge garden, collecting wild morel mushrooms, and making homemade cottage cheese from the milk of the family cow.
10/28/2010
It's been quite a fall for mushrooms around here...
5/25/2011
Check out the installation process of an urban beehive.
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.
5/16/2011
Just as libraries transformed society by giving everyone access to books, the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library is providing all citizens the opportunity to borrow seeds and grow their own food. Start a seed-lending library in your town!
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.
5/24/2013
Start your own mushroom garden using hardwood logs. It's so easy, a beginning homesteader can do it!
8/10/2010
Corn "smut" is actually a delicacy in Mexico and can provide mushrooms for our meals.
10/8/2013
How to identify and cook with chicken of the woods mushroom, one of the most delicious and easy to identify wild edible mushrooms.
7/10/2010
For anyone who has ever wanted to build a raised garden bed, but didn't have the tools, know-how, time or potentially the space, former teacher Jill Plumb invented the M Brace, an easy, eco way to build raised garden beds without tools.
4/1/2014
Learn how to grow one of America's favorite treats, chocolate M&M's.
2/20/2012
Sun-Lite HP for greenhouse glazing provides excellent diffused light.
6/6/2011
The sustainability of one’s home depends as much (if not more) on its location as on how the house is built. If you’re looking to buy land or to buy (or rent) a house, consider the following sustainability criteria when comparing property locations.
4/21/2011
The perfect Kale shake
11/7/2012
The Solar Foundation found a 13 percent increase in U.S. solar industry jobs in 2012, which is promising for the overall job market, and shows stability in the solar energy job market.
1/17/2012
Wood Prairie Farm encourages citizens to sign a petition in support of family farmers and to attend the citizens assembly on January 31st, 2012.
7/25/2012
The Oakland, California-based urban farming company manufactures grow-your-own oyster mushroom kits with soil made from recycled coffee grounds.
1/26/2012
We're gearing up for spring on our southwest Virginia farm, planning the garden, pruning the perennials, and getting ready to raise bees, broilers, and mushrooms.
4/6/2011
With 67 percent growth in one year, the solar energy industry eclipses even the telecommunications industry, according to a new Solar Energy Industries Association report.
10/8/2008
In addition to the beans you planted to harvest dry, a good gleaning may yield a surprising harvest of gourmet beans.
2/2/2008
A sustainable agriculture professor explain the organic certification process.
7/19/2013
The handy free How to Can app has been updated, and is now available inside the free MOTHER EARTH NEWS Library app. Now you can take yield, processing times and more with you on your Apple or Android device!
7/1/2013
Tomatoes are a great vegetable, perfect for all occasions and relatively easy to grow. Here is a way to double, even triple your seedlings while boosting your existing ones.
8/16/2011
As the number of farmers markets grows, now may be the perfect time to join in on the market gardening fun.
1/10/2008
Watch this video of garlic farmer Bob Anderson discussing his love of all things garlic.
9/2/2010
What is the strongest, easiest-to-store tomato cage you’ve used?
2/21/2013
Day-neutral strawberries are smaller and easier to manage than June-bearing strawberries. Learn more about the requirements of day-neutral strawberry varieties. 
4/4/2011
Cam is hoping that the Queen attends his gardening workshop this weekend at the Royal Botanical Gardens....
4/6/2011
Catch the gardening bug, and start to grow your own food! Once you start, you’ll love it. Here are some basic pieces of advice for the budding gardener.
3/13/2012
To make the best use of potato-growing season, use the technique of greensprouting.
8/15/2008
Sow leafy greens in late summer to reap abundant crops in the fall.
3/30/2011
"Organic farmers have the right to raise our organic crops without the threat of invasion by Monsanto's genetic contamination and without harassment by a reckless polluter. Beginning today, America asserts her right to justice and pure food."
12/2/2011
Medicinal mushrooms can help ward off colds and flus this winter.
8/31/2012
The challenges that we encounter trying to grow a garden at high latitude.
3/11/2010
The staff at MOTHER EARTH NEWS plants tomatoes and peppers during a seed-planting project at the office.
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.
7/23/2010
I’ve learned that gardening in small spaces can be challenging, but I’ve had great success with a Topsy Turvy tomato planter this year. Have you used similar products in your home? How do you handle gardening in small spaces?
10/4/2011
These resources will help you learn how to grow food and start a garden.
10/1/2008
Growing the three sisters (corn, beans, squash) in the same plot of land actually helps yield healthier crops of each.
12/10/2012
This durable, puncture and tear-resistant chicken saddle will protect free-range chickens from pecking, cannibalistic behavior and predators.
3/31/2011
Craving something fresh and homegrown? Short on space and sunny weather? Growing sprouts is for you!
10/25/2011
C. Murray shares his experiences finding work to support his family as a child during the Great Depression.
3/4/2011
When you grow your own food, you not take a step towards self-sufficiency. You also make a move towards better health and whole new relationship with your food.
12/15/2010
Natural products research firm Compass Naturals predicts shoppers will get savvy; rebel against chemicals, over-packaging, GMOs and animal cruelty; and grow more of their own food.
1/27/2013
Try using the Grow Planner app to streamline your garden planning and your garden work.
9/21/2011
Your attractive food garden could win you $500 and a chance to be featured in MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
12/20/2013
Every now and then we need to re-evaluate our thoughts, just as we re-evaluate our things. Learn about making cloth Christmas gift bags and find out how walking barefoot in the grass is good for you.
8/8/2012
Lacto-fermented swiss chard ribs and how to can them right along with foraging for wild mushrooms and a butternut squash update. Discovery Expedition vented fedora hat makes gardening cooler when the sun is blazing down.
12/19/2012
An update to the refrigerator root cellar and how the Thermo Cube is keeping it from dipping below the freezing point and how we decided to start a terrace system to make more flat spots in a chicken pasture that's on a hillside that is steep.
3/31/2011
You don't have to pay $50 a pound for fresh morel mushrooms. Watch this video and find out how to forage for morels yourself.
12/30/2010
Beekeeping yields honey, but it can also make our lives complete.
4/15/2013
Get prepared for the season with useful tips for seed saving with Art Davidson, expert from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed.
1/24/2011
With a new program promising to reduce the price of fresh fruits and vegetables and reduce the levels of not-so-good-for-you ingredients in their house brand products, Wal-Mart aims to make a positive change in the diet of the average American.  
9/11/2009
How-to online videos are a valuable resource for any do-it-yourselfer. But there are a lot of videos out there, so we’ve picked noteworthy ones and provided a few links to help you find more in the future. From building a workbench to changing your car’s oil, these engaging and instructive videos will inspire you to start a fun, new DIY project.
8/12/2011
Cam loves growing and selling food!
1/3/2012
Sue Parker shares her grandmother's secrets to a strong tomato crop.
7/25/2012
The drought conditions at Sunflower Farm are making Cam rather cranky.
7/27/2012
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
7/31/2012
Cam contemplates the meaning of life while picking strawberries.
6/20/2013
Allowing children the space to discover the beauty and wonder of plants through tending to their own garden builds character, teaches responsibility, gives insight into the beauty of nature and fosters their connection with where their food comes from.
8/9/2013
The process of saving seed for next year begins while the growing season is still going strong
9/29/2010
Whatever you do in your garden or flower beds, the most important thing is to have fun taking care of what you are growing.
1/10/2011
One reader learns how to grow seedless watermelons: A successful venture in growing juicy fruit that led her to question how much control we want over nature.
8/3/2011
If you’re a market gardener battling the heat, you’ll want to check out these great tips for keeping yourself and your crops cool.
9/6/2012
Musings on growing and eating garlic, and why you should "Never Eat Your Seed Garlic"!
4/3/2013
Planting a vine patch for the first time is easy without the need to till up a lot of soil; instead, cut out sod circles and mulch the surrounding area.
5/2/2013
As tropical plants go, pineapples are one of the easiest to grow.
8/12/2013
Trying to tend to kids AND a garden.
8/31/2012
Learn how to breed corn in your own corn nursery, plus learn how to properly hand-pollinate corn plants.
3/24/2010
Consult these seed starting tips for easy advice on seed planting, using the best materials, watering, grow lights and more.
8/24/2007
Plan to plant garlic this fall, and enjoy unique varieties and their incredible health benefits.
4/6/2011
Growing Power believes that youth working in city farms will grow, bloom and thrive right alongside the crops they cultivate.
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.
1/14/2009
Get an early spinach crop with this easy gardening tip.
11/20/2013
The fourth blog of the series Growing Gourmet Garlic discusses the separation of the bulbs into cloves, and how to select which cloves to plant. Time to get cracking!
11/27/2013
The fifth and final post in the series on Growing Gourmet Garlic, which discusses how to space, plant, and mulch over your cloves.
11/20/2013
If you live in the South, you can grow your own sugar cane. Learn to plant, harvest and make delicious syrup at home!
9/18/2013
Growing garlic is easy if you just know the right time to plant it: in fall, not spring or summer!
11/5/2013
The third blog of the series Growing Gourmet Garlic discusses when to plant your garlic and how to prepare your soil.
10/30/2013
The second blog of the series Growing Gourmet Garlic discusses choosing which bulbs to use for planting stock.
2/3/2014
If you eat raw garlic for its health benefits but find it difficult to consume, garlic oil can be an effective alternative. You can even make it at home!
1/17/2011
A look at how many hives to start with when beginning beekeeping.
8/5/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS is proud to announce the release of the How to Can app, a free app to help you safely put up summer's bounty in a jar.
8/28/2008
Brown rot is a serious disease of peaches, plums, and other stone fruits. For organic gardeners, spraying at-risk fruits with a milk solution can give good control.
11/12/2012
Jason Helvingston of Orlando, Fla., fights for his right to grow food in his front yard garden after the City of Orlando cited him for illegal gardening, pitting food self-sufficiency against city ordinance.
12/5/2011
The New York Times reports our carbon emissions in 2011 were the highest on record. Reduce your family's carbon footprint by choosing vegetarian recipes such as Fennel and Leek Soup and Delicata Squash Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms and Herbs.
7/29/2011
Quick pickles--which don't require turning your kitchen into a sauna--are a fast, fun way to preserve abundant cucumbers (or even green beans). Simply soak vegetables in saltwater and vinegar solutions and let the flavors develop in the fridge.
7/8/2011
Give your bathroom a little flair--and have fun doing it--by creating a backsplash from pebbles, pennies or whatever's rattling around in the bottom of the toolbox. This fun, simple project is perfect for everyone--whether you're a DIYer or not.
8/16/2010
Simran Sethi teams up with two neighbors to "grow food, not lawns."
4/20/2012
An article about how we learned to double our growing season and have home grown fresh veggies almost all year long.
4/10/2011
In the United States, we are feeling the effects of the rising food prices as well. When you take a deeper look into the prices, it’s not the food that is causing the price to rise. It’s everything else that goes into getting the food to your plate t
4/23/2011
Growing your own food doesn't have to be an expensive activity. There are plenty of ways to cut back the costs and be earth-friendly as well. You can do this by giving a second life to items that have outgrown their initial purpose.
4/23/2011
Containers are great for those that are gardening in small spaces. Though there is the fear of not knowing when or how often to water them. This is why I started to make my own self-watering containers.
4/30/2011
If you are new to growing your own food in containers, these are some simple tips that should help you to get a better yield and results from your containers.
5/8/2011
A post by Maria Rodale called A Harvest of Healing got me thinking about how gardening and growing your own food is much more than what you harvest.
5/20/2011
Whether you are new to gardening or experienced, you will make some mistakes. Get over it and learn from it. That’s the most important thing.
5/27/2011
Take these into consideration the next time you are making your food purchases.
6/10/2011
When you are apartment gardening in a small space, you are forced to be creative due to your space constrictions. Most traditional pots and containers might not work, so you become reliant on reusing objects to better fit your space.
6/16/2011
Parents will often say that they don't have time to grow their own food because they have kids. Don't let kids be the excuse. Instead make them part of the experience too. It's what families have done since the beginning of time. The past 100 yea
6/26/2011
Some people use gardening as an escape from the trials and tribulations of the real world. It’s their time to get their hands dirty, connect with the earth and just be in their garden.
7/10/2011
People often dismiss gardening as an expensive hobby that they can’t afford. While that can be true, it doesn’t have to be. There are way to make gardening cheap.
7/15/2011
We are taught when we are kids not to waste food, but it doesn’t seem as if that lessen has stuck with us.
7/25/2011
It might be the middle of the summer, but you should start thinking about getting your fall garden ready. If you don’t have much space, to plant everything outdoors, then you can certainly start your seeds indoors.
8/7/2011
It’s the middle of summer and you are likely enjoying the harvests. There is` so much to do with all that fresh and flavorful produce, but what should you do?
5/16/2012
What if I told you that you could grow 50 plants in 4 square feet?
5/31/2012
Organic is a phrase that’s tossed around and abused a lot by marketers these days. Not all “organic” products should be treated equally.
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.
11/29/2012
In a war on gardens, the City of Orlando has taken issue with the rows of beans, greens, and other vegetables occupying Jason and Jennifer Helvenston's front yard garden. The Helvenstons respond to the City's request they remove their "illegal" garden.
6/5/2009
If you live in an area with high summer temperatures try growing one of these greens to replace your spinach.
3/27/2011
When people ask why they should grow their own food, the answer that I give is often simple. I tell them, "It's because we are humans."
3/14/2011
While there are many events that have lead us to where we are today in terms of food, there are some things/events that stand out the most in my mind. Growing your own food is one way to reverse the trend.
11/16/2010
Simran Sethi starts dreaming of spring gardening, with the goal of renewing her efforts to grow real food.
7/1/2008
A long-time gardener describes the seed-saving technique for cucumbers.
11/13/2012
Follow these easy instructions explaining how to make a fruit picker, and you'll never be tormented by out-of-reach fruit again.
6/24/2013
Learn how to assemble a humane animal trap out of recycled material. It’s easy and effective!
10/29/2012
Learn how to teach your kids to ride a bike. It's simple: Use a scooter.
1/7/2011
To be a successful beekeeper we must overcome our initial fears.
1/24/2011
How to install a package of bees
6/13/2012
Iain continues to battle with the frustration of starting up a candle making business hitting trouble at every corner. Here he talks about his plans moving forward and how he still plans to succeed in his socially responsible candle making business
2/23/2012
Ben Davis, of Ben Does Life, has a truly inspirng weight loss story, but it's how message about how to be happy that is most motivational.
8/20/2008
Watch this video tutorial on how to make tofu.
12/29/2011
Cole takes you through the first steps in learning to cut your own meat - sourcing.
11/22/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS has entered the world of mobile media, and we’d like to have your input as we plan and design future apps. Join our advisory group to help us design the best apps for you and our readers.  
7/21/2011
Ed and Joan Kobrinski left a large family home for a smaller, simpler cottage—and they’ve never looked back. Their tips for downsizing and living in smaller spaces could help make your transition easier.
6/26/2013
Bake those tart cherries dangling from your backyard tree into sweet and tasty fruit pies. Here's how to make fresh cherry pie without stressing about the perfect pie crust.
10/26/2011
Consider this One-Day Workshop For Horticultural Farmers Ready To Take Steps To Improve Farm Profits.
8/5/2011
Growing raspberries and other vegetables at high elevation and the challenges.
1/31/2012
Robert White explains why he's attending the Growing Farmers workshops, and describes what he learned in the first session.
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.
10/16/2012
Grow to fill yourself up from your garden. Potatoes will give you the most calories in the least space and are an important part of a sustainable diet.
11/1/2012
Learn which crops you can grow in your garden to provide protein in your diet.
3/15/2013
DIY sprouting experiment to get kids interested in growing and eating sprouts.
10/31/2011
If you’re interested in learning more about growing flowers commercially, winter is a great time to do it. Many of the farming conferences held throughout the U.S. include tracks on cut flowers. I want to tell you about two big ones coming up soon.
1/7/2012
We’ve been growing in unheated hoophouses for a decade now, and we can’t recommend them highly enough for commercial growers. If you have any dreams of market farming, the first thing you should buy is a hoophouse.
4/20/2012
Check out our time-lapse video of peppers growing from seed to sprout.
5/13/2013
As I go along, I pull out pebbles occasionally, but only one large stone. Time and time again, however, my hands pry free the remnants of bricks. As late afternoon turns to early evening and my work for the day is nearing completion, a collection of the ruddy-colored artifacts is stacked to one side. The sight of them calls up something nostalgic in me, broken bits suggesting a history that is largely lost.
8/1/2012
Growing up on a farm during the Great Depression was no easy feat, but MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers share these stories of their or their elder's time on a farm.
11/3/2011
Robert Zwald grew up in the 1900s, farming in Minnesota. This is part two of his stories from the past, as compiled by his daughter, Ruth.
3/22/2013
The process of training and pruning blackberry plants is demystified by a gardening expert from Gurney's Seed.
5/26/2010
Self-pollinating apple trees allow homeowners with little space to reap the benefits of this fresh, nutritious fruit. While typical apple breeds require planting at least two trees in the same space so they can pollinate each other, self-fertile trees can produce fruit without another tree around.
5/17/2010
Painted rocks or pebbles can potentially deter birds from pecking at ripening fruit. Tell us how this technique has worked for your, plus check out other readers’ tips and responses. 
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.
1/19/2009
Before space beneath your grow light is needed for onions and other early seedlings, fill it with baby lettuce grown in translucent clamshell salad containers.
3/15/2012
Get tips on growing watermelons from the expert growers at Willhite Seed company, which offers dozens of unique watermelon varieties.
7/27/2009
To better accommodate the planting schedule of gardeners in the southern United States, California’s Natural Gardening Company will make a dozen varieties of tomato transplants available by mid-August.
9/6/2013
I learned an important gardening lesson from fighting tomato blight.
10/22/2013
This is the first in a 5-part series of blogs on the process and issues involved in plating gourmet garlic. Part 1 discusses options for acquiring seed and also provides information regarding calculating the amount of seed required.
2/7/2014
4 or 40, growing up isnt always straight up. Branches, bumpy outcroppings and the occasional low hanging fruit serve as speed bumps on the road of life.
3/14/2014
Do natural genes that defend wheat against diseases also hurt its productivity and food quality? Sometimes yes, sometimes no - and when diseases hit, resistance genes protect yield and quality.
4/3/2014
You're not just a beginning gardener - you're also a scientist!
9/6/2010
Simran Sethi learns how to compost the right way and explores her composting options.
6/8/2011
When our chicks arrived, we had no idea how much we had to learn about how to raise baby chicks. Nor did we know how much the books couldn't tell us.
4/21/2011
Solar-powered jar lights are pretty but too pricey. You can easily make your own using easy-to-find items from the hardware store.
6/5/2013
Looking for a easy sewing project? Follow this quick tutorial from Design Fixation to make a dress in just 20 minutes.
10/19/2011
Examining an community for your homestead.
11/30/2011
How potentially dangerous chemicals are tested and are they really that safe for humans or not.
5/31/2012
James discusses exactly how to paint a beehive. Sometimes it can be a fiddly job but using an array of stepladders and poles it can be pretty simple
8/9/2012
A brief story of how a creek was damaged and how it was reported to the authorities properly.
10/30/2012
How prepared ahead of time for remote living and what was required.
6/10/2013
Creating your own start-up is full of obstacles, but rewarding. MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Jessica Vaughan shares advice from her experience as a first-time small business owner who teaches clients how to grow organic produce.
4/1/2011
Rain chains are a smart, good-looking way to collect rainwater from your roof--but they can be pricey. You can make your own for next to nothing. Give your house a little bling.
4/29/2011
What can you do with all those useless newspapers, paper bags and Yellow Pages books? Tear them into scraps and use them to decoupage walls and other surfaces. It's easy, cheap--and surprisingly elegant.
5/3/2011
Put those big pieces of cardboard to work by turning them into furniture. This entertaining tutorial shows you how.
5/25/2011
Gardening can make a difference! Across the country, people are building rain gardens to filter contaminants and ease overburdened stormwater systems. Here's how to build a rain garden in 10 easy steps.
7/1/2011
Use an old aluminum can and branch trimmings to make a rustic and beautiful vase. This simple project using humble materials costs nearly nothing and looks like a million bucks.
7/26/2011
Sue McKay Miller divested herself of nearly everything she owned and moved into a yurt in the wilderness to determine how much she really needs to live a satisfying life. Turns out, she really doesn't need much.
6/6/2013
Using an old-world technique, Russians are growing their own organic crops -- and it's working.
5/3/2011
Reconnecting with family photos and important papers may seem like small change in the wake of the tornadoes' massive devastation in the Southeast last week. But what if it were the last surviving photo of your mother?
4/15/2011
We all have hoarding tendencies. If yours are getting the better of you, rest assured that there are support groups and professional organizations just waiting to help.
5/11/2011
Every once in a while we need to rebel against the machines. Hand a towel to your significant other and ask him to dry while you rinse. Sweep the floor with a real broomcorn broom. Have a real conversation. Enjoy things happening slowly.
5/30/2013
Meals become a snap when you add pressure cooking to your repertoire. Pressure cookers are great kitchen companions that bolster the flavor of even simple dishes, plus they save you time and money.
9/28/2012
Curing your own bacon is so simple that anyone can do it. Here's how to do so, complete with recipe and step-by-step.
9/6/2011
Want to find a new garden plot for next year? Look into community gardens in your area, or start your own!
9/22/2010
Ditch unhealthy school lunches with a fresh lunch idea for kids: school gardens. Beyond putting fresh, healthy food in schools, cafeteria gardens are a great classroom tool and a big step towards more sustainable schools.
10/17/2013
Among a slew of other awards for her outstanding writing, Barbara Pleasant has received the 2013 Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writers Association for her Gardening Know-How column.
4/12/2011
Making mosaics out of salvaged, broken tiles is a great project for free-form do-it-yourselfers. It's easy, fun and results in a brilliant surface--often for pennies. Check out this video and give it a try.
4/19/2011
Whether I'm in the market for something funky or just a few bricks for the garden, I always visit Boulder ReSource first. Check out this expert's tips on mining your local salvage yard for gems.
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.
4/27/2011
I can't imagine my garden without sweet potatoes! Sometimes it is hard to find sweet potato slips for sale, so I start my own with some of last years potatoes.
5/9/2011
Putting up a hoophouse expands the growing opportunity into the barren winter months. A USDA program is helping market growers purchase a hoophouse to find out if local farmers and consumers reap benefits from extending local growing seasons.
9/21/2011
This is an excerpt from Christopher Nyerges' "Self-Sufficient Home" book (published by Stackpole) where he talks about some of his early gardening experiences and when he learned that the health of the soil is the most important aspect of gardening.
9/12/2012
Deb Murphy shares her dad's boyhood stories about making ends meet on the farm in 1930s Nebraska.
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.
3/2/2010
The experience of growing one's first garden is a thrill one will never forget.
8/10/2010
Blueberries are a true fountain of youth. This article will introduce you to the health benefits, how to grow, how to harvest, and how to eat this wonderful fruit.
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.
4/29/2013
It was becoming pretty obvious the crowding and lack of light were real limitations to my mini garden. Then, the idea of a trough on the windowsill came to mind, combining a way to water all the plants uniformly and efficiently all at once. Great, now how to make this trough? Wood? Sheet metal? The choices all seemed expensive, clumsy, prone to leaking...then the light bulb went on in my head: gutters!
9/21/2011
How-To Build a Hoop House; a collection of resources for growers.
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...
7/3/2008
Try these organic techniques to help prevent tomato early blight.
7/8/2008
Is it too hot to grow spinach where you live? Try these fabulous alternatives.
10/9/2013
The little used herb lovage makes an attractive addition to the edible landscape and provides a smoky flavor to soups and stews.
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.
2/7/2013
Des Moines, Iowa, gardeners may soon find themselves in hot water with their City. A local resident recently took front yard veggie growers to task for what the resident feels to be unsightly lawn growth. Beets and berries, it seems, do not have the same aesthetic appeal as a green, freshly-mowed front lawn.
3/22/2011
Restoring a heritage log cabin is not something to embark on on a whim, but it can be one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do.
9/26/2012
Therapeutic grade essential oils have a tonne of uses on the homestead - here's how we've used them effectively, and how they bring us peace of mind.
10/30/2011
Over the last 2 decades BeeWeaver has seen change in who keeps bees, and why they keep bees. The journey of the last 20 years has not been easy for the bees but the efforts of these New Beekeepers will keep the amazing honeybee a part of our word.
5/14/2012
Vermont farmer Walter Jeffries details all the cuts of meat on a pig, as well as many other uses of the animal, from working the soil to providing delicious lard for baked goods.
5/12/2011
Floods are our nation's most common natural disaster, and they're threatening many areas right now. Take these prudent steps now to make sure you don't get caught off guard if floods threaten your home.
6/8/2011
When my former boss suggested we photograph my annual summer solstice party, I quietly panicked and then got busy. Borrow some of our ideas and gather your tribe to celebrate the longest day of the year--lavishly or lazily, traditionally or not.
6/17/2011
This small project could gain you big time savings. Simply screw a few hooks inside a pretty cigar box, give it a knob and hang it near the door. Never search for lost keys again!
7/7/2011
Diana and Tony Varnes are the happiest they’ve ever been, and they attribute their well being to living in a small home. They have more time for reading, talking and enjoying the outdoors—and their relationship is better than ever.
7/25/2011
Katie and Martin Clemons are resetting their priorities as they settle happily into a 480-square-foot apartment in Berlin. “Living smaller has taught us to live more simply,” Katie says. They bike more, shower less and enjoy their good life.
4/24/2013
What’s with glycerin? It’s a soap-making byproduct with antibacterial properties, but it’s often made with animal fat derivatives, which isn’t really our thing. So, we figured out how to make our own veggie version with coconut oil, opening up a whole world of kitchen pantry beauty concoctions.
6/9/2011
Sangria is the perfect summertime libation for a thirsty crowd. Fresh fruits and herbs combine with wine and liqueur for a colorful, festive "punch" that packs a punch.
8/31/2011
In a wabi-sabi house, space and light are the most desirable ornaments. Follow these steps to clear the clutter so they can shine through.
8/24/2011
Meditating has never come naturally to me, probably because of my goal-oriented approach. Wabi-sabi helped me see find peace in simple solitude (and long dog walks) instead.
3/29/2013
On our journey to self-reliance, my husband, Darren, and I have been gathering human-powered tools when we can find them. It’s surprising and sad how quickly hand- and foot-powered tools were junked when electricity became available. From 1850 to 1890, more than 100 apple-pealing devices were patented. Then none, except those running on electric power. And so it goes with thousands of other nifty human-powered appliances.
3/15/2013
Why spend hundreds of dollars on a readymade bicycle cargo trailer when you can build one yourself? Portland Pedalworks keeps the project easy and inexpensive in this how-to video.
3/12/2013
Here is yet another possible building project presented to you which requires no formal training, very little money, and techniques/methods that anyone can use. This blog intends to inspire you to take on a natural building project like this one. Don´t have fear if this is your first time working with these techniques and materials — it often for us also! Swattlesfield Campground is frequented by many kinds of people for various reasons. The owner, Jonathan, wanted to introduce some activity which would draw people together. We had the perfect idea: pizza!  Food, especially food that requires waiting, has a tendency to attract people. And once humans have a good reason to be in the same place, the rest (socialization) has a tendency to just work.
10/1/2012
Worrying about what others think about you can drin you of energy and make you do some pretty stupid things. What if you could rid yourself of that penchant? What kind of life would you lead?
8/8/2012
Our minds are powerful things. The beliefs we hold and our perceptions can be dead wrong. Our minds can even create pain that doesn't exist. Questioning what we perceive and believe can help you live a more conscious, honest and successful life.
12/26/2013
Always wanted to master the art of the perfect pie crust? With our step-by-step How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust app, you'll have the techniques and recipes you need at your fingertips. The app comes with scrumptious pie filling recipes, too!
6/7/2011
These money- and waste-saving alternatives to paper and plastic products eliminate the temptation to resort to disposable for your summertime outdoor dining needs.
5/10/2012
There are various means for developing an edible landscape.
9/6/2012
Contemplations on what we eat and why we pay close attention to our food.
7/12/2011
In a Boulder, Colorado, neighborhood, residents are getting off the grass. They're donating their front yards to a community organization that grows enough fruits and vegetable on the former lawns to feed 50 families. Now, that's local food.
3/16/2012
Using newspaper, learn how to craft easy, biodegradable pots to start seeds.
10/16/2010
The roundwood truss system described here enables DIYers to build their own trusses at very low cost. You can gather truckloads of poles from national forests, enough for several small houses, for the cost of one $25 firewood permit.
11/2/2011
How do you keep backyard chickens safe from poultry predators? With a bit of elbow grease and a few tips, your girls will be safe from sharp teeth.
5/11/2011
Building homes using dangerous and impactful industrial chemicals--in the name of energy efficiency--is not sustainable or ecological, a green building veteran says. His Health-Based Building model is an important step forward for green design.
6/15/2011
Outdoor kitchens, dining areas and living rooms are a great way to expand your home's living space. Designers offer advice on how to make the most of the great outdoors--in your own backyard.
7/28/2011
From the boxy ranch house to the superfluous McMansion, suburban housing has never been particularly inspired. These three homes show what you can do with that raw material, with a little ingenuity and a willingness to work with what's there.
12/13/2011
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
5/19/2011
Air conditioning accounts for as much as 20 percent of the average homeowner's utility bill. These simple tips can help you reduce your mechanical cooling needs, meaning more money for you and better-quality air for the world.
3/17/2011
Slower growth in crop yields, high oil prices and use of food crops to make biofuels could push food prices higher for the next year and beyond.
6/8/2011
There's only one rule for wabi-style flowers: strive for a natural look, with seasonal blooms and branches arranged as they are in the field. Don't worry about perfection. Your "arrangement" is a humble admission that we can't improve on nature.
9/7/2011
Not quite ready to get rid of family heirlooms and art that you don’t have space to display? The Japanese practice of rotating precious items through a special alcove, or tokonoma, on a seasonal basis is less painful than giving away or selling them.
7/14/2011
Victoria Gazely lives in a 650-square-foot homesteader's cabin built by a man who didn't need closets. She's found five great ways to stash her stuff without renovating--and her solutions work for anyone who needs to hide a few things.
5/3/2012
In the second in a series on chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Jessica discusses why and how to prevent dangerous pesticides and herbicides from entering our bodies and homes.
5/9/2011
Skip the steaks if you're firing up the barbecue tonight. Marinated and grilled veggies and tofu, served up with wasabi mayo on grilled bread, is a hearty, delicious way to celebrate Meatless Monday.
6/8/2011
Let's quash, once and for all, the notion that only harmful chemicals can kill germs and bacteria. Hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are natural antibacterials that keep your home clean--and safeguard your family's health.
5/6/2011
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
7/27/2011
Natural beauty is priceless. We can take in and appreciate a great view because we don’t have any hope of owning it, and we can’t manipulate it. With our egos out of the way, we can learn to simply observe.
10/10/2012
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food


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