While there are plenty of great reasons to grow a food garden, we recently polled readers to find out their primary motivation for gardening. Read their interesting results, plus tell us more about your gardening philosophy.
Can you live on less? See how far you can make $20 go for a week or a day.
Whether you live in town or in the country, if you have animals (pets or livestock) you have humorous stories to tell.
Reader Callout: Share your stories about the one thing you always make from scratch for Thanksgiving.
There are a growing number of small, solar-powered gadgets for sale including solar flashlights, radios, cell phone chargers, outdoor motion lights and more. Are you using any of these small solar products? Do you find them useful? Tell us what you think!
Readers share their best tips for keeping food fresh longer. Learn how to extend the life of all kinds of food, and prevent spoilage.
Whether you're planning to install solar panels, or hoping to put up a backyard wind turbine some day, share your thoughts on the renewable energy projects that intrigue you most.
You can "bootstrap" (put up the funding) a home-based business to get started. Then look for outside funding when you have reached a measure of success.
We are collecting Wit and Wisdom From Our Elders: tips and stories of how people took care of their homesteads in the past. Share your stories!
The Financial Times Climate Change Challenge winner is the Kyoto Box solar cooker, which uses no fuel other than the sun to cook food.
Participate in our reader photo contest by showing off pictures of your permanent raised garden beds.
Send us your garden tips and you could win a free deluxe, ergonomic garden trowel.
Are there any fix-it projects that you have taken on recently, that you previously would have hired someone to do?
Super Glue is a wonderful product, as long as it stays where you put it. But occasionally the sticky liquid escapes onto fingers or toes.
Organize your home with simple household products.
Harvest time brings back memories for many of us. What do you remember about the harvest?
DIY projecters have many styles of building, from using detailed plans to building by-the-seat-of-your-pants. What is your favorite style?
You can fix breakfast (lunch or dinner) in a matter of minutes on this portable, easy-to-construct tin-can stove.
Stumps, benches, lounge chairs and hammocks offer a place to contemplate the day’s activities.
Should we all just grow our hair longer to save money on barber and hairdresser visits, or is cutting it ourselves a better way to go?
Wide-brimmed head gear can protect your face and neck from hot and drying summer sun.
Many media outlets are pulling no punches when it comes to global climate change as a major factor in Hurricane Sandy's catastrophic destruction.
Purchasing the materials for a DIY project can involve making a number of decisions. When you’re deciding on the materials for an outdoor wooden project, are you more apt to be swayed by cost or durability?
Engaging in new projects around the house or yard can put us in unfamiliar territory where we might make mistakes that are potentially dangerous or just embarrassing.
Kids love to build forts and space ships, and create secret places to dream and imagine.
Does your family celebrate the season in a non-traditional way? Please tell us about it.
Holiday gifts frequently come with "some assembly required" and can cause frustration for late-night Santas. What is your most memorable some-assembly-required experience?
You don't have to be a master carpenter to take on a DIY project. What building project have you done all on your own that you are the most proud of the results?
Macrameing has been a popular craft medium for decades. Share your most outlandish macrame project.
Whether you’re riding in a parade or watching from the sidelines, you might consider getting into the spirit of the day by letting your bike go red, white and blue.
Keeping your tools in good working order saves time and money.
There are many ways to protect wood from the effects of weather, what is your favorite technique?
Share your thoughts. What homemade and natural cleaning products do you find work best in your home?
Have you ever been injured on the farm? Tell us how you're doing, and share your advice on how we can avoid the same accident.
Tell us about your ideal homestead. What would it be like?
The holidays are upon us. What traditions do you faithfully observe each year?
Here's a helpful guide to help you make sustainable choices while shopping or out to eat. What else do you do to support sustainable farming practices?
Everyone gets stuck with a restless night from time to time, and some of us suffer from full-blown insomnia. We want to know, what do you do to make sure you get a good night's sleep? (Plus, check out a few tips from our editors.)
Knowing that MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers are often health-conscious and choose to grow their own food, we're curious: Have you cut back or eliminated certain ingredients or foods from your diet? If so, why, and what effects have you noticed as a result?
Spring brings an abundance of arrivals and changes, from returning birds and newborn critters to budding plants and warming breezes. We want to know, what are you most looking forward to this spring?
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?
Blizzards, bitterly cold temperatures — the past few months have been full of wild weather stories, shared in the news and at the local coffee shops. What is your best wild weather story?
All the sights, sounds and smells of nature can create beautiful memories. Do you have a favorite nature memory that stands out from all the rest? Share your best nature memory in the comments, and check out other readers' favorites as well.
Readers share their favorite garden irrigation methods.
If you’re growing food in the house through the cold months, our readers can benefit from your experience. Have you had success at indoor gardening before? What did you grow? Share your tips and tricks!
Readers share their winter gardening stories.
Many people today don't know the basics of cooking. What culinary skills would you like to learn?
Parents share stories about getting better food into school lunches.
Readers share tips for saving money on food.
To date, some research suggests vitamin D can help build bones, strengthen your immune system, and lower the risk for diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and heart and kidney disease. Have you had your vitamin D levels tested? How do you get your D?
Which is your favorite hatchery and why? If you need help finding a poultry hatchery or baby chicks, we have some resources for you.
Are we truly making a concerted effort to give up the convenience of single use products or is the practice so engrained in our culture we can't escape its effects?
Having your own wind turbine can save you money on your utility bill and lower your impact on the environment. What are your thoughts on wind turbines in backyards?
Do you use specialty salts in your cooking? Please share your ideas with our readers.
Readers share information and recipes about their favorite eating and cooking greens.
Readers share regional gardening resources.
We’d love to hear about the homegrown veggies you served for Thanksgiving. What garden favorites always grace your holiday table?
Share your thoughts about using a bicycle to get around town and your tips for less experienced bikers.
Here are some ways to save on energy and money while keeping your home cool in extreme summer temperatures.
Use plants from the forest, field and desert as natural dyes to color your fine fabric creations.
Can the clutter that threatens to chase you from your workshop be remade into usable items?
Have you ever let your imagination run wild and built a fanciful, unique … (spinning wheel, bat house, garden tool)
Denim is strong and durable, and used jeans can be recycled into all kinds of fun and useful creations.
Have you ever built a raft, boat, canoe or dugout? If so, tell us your tale.
Create a custom room in your home and express your creativity by decorating with stencils.
Wood pallets can be used as is or stripped and remade into new forms. What creative uses have you found for wood pallets?
Swings are a universal favorite of youngsters and oldsters and an easy-to-build backyard toy — if you have a big tree available.
Once built, this window-mounted heat grabber should give you years of dependable service.
Wooden toys made by you for that special child in your life will be memorable gifts.
If you are planning to build a backyard deck, consider whether the best strategy for footings is using deck blocks or cement piers.
Readers report on the types of flowers they grow to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
Help us determine if a mixture of coffee grounds and eggshells can protect your cabbages from pest damage.
Home improvement stores offer free DIY classes. What project have you not started yet but dream of doing?
There are thousands of organic products available today, and they're not limited to food. Tell us what you buy organic and why.
The walk on the moon on July 20, 1969 was a monumental event, which forever changed our world perspective. Where were you on that momentous occasion?
On the farm their can be lots of animals. Do you remmeber your first farm animal?
Share your fresh butter and buttermilk recipes.
Readers share best pie crust recipes.
Readers suggest local food products and local food producers to our community.
Readers suggest sustainable oyster sources.
You can't just hit the ground running when you make the transistion from rat race to homestead. There are lots of lessons to be learned. What wisdom can you share with the homestead hopefuls?
Readers share recipes for easy one-pot, crockpot and casserole meals.
Considerations of sustainability factor into countless supplies, tools and methods present in your garden. What do you do in your own garden to be a sustainable gardener?
Help our readers solve garden pest problems without resorting to the use of chemical pesticides.
Meet Kriste Misiak and her family, the recent winners of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Ultimate Garden Giveaway.
We’re looking for reader tips about the worst garden weeds and how best to manage them. Share you advice with us, and read how other readers are dealing with weeds in their gardens.
The BP oil spill shocked the nation, but it’s not too late to take action. We want to know what you plan to change.
DIY projects are great fun and can save money — unless you end up in the emergency room.
You can use the power of the sun to heat water for your home using manufactured solar hot water systems or one you build yourself.
How often, if ever, do you check your the gas mileage of your car or truck? Did you know it's super simple to calculate mpg, and observing it over time can help you improve your gas mileage and save money?
Tell us what you think! We'd like to know whether you're using compact-fluorescent light bulbs at home and why or why not.
Legislation to control the use of antibiotics on the farm is gaining momentum in D.C., and emotions on both sides of the issue are heating up. Tell us what you think of the bill.
We want to hear your county or state fair stories: What did you enter this year? How did you do? If you're still waiting for yours, what are you preparing to enter?
In a recent survey, we asked our online readers if they thought genetically modified foods should be labeled. What do you think?
When you run out of land on which to grow food and fuel in your own country, is it OK to buy cheap land in a third-world country?
Homesteads and farms often have fun or touching
names that etch themselves into our memories. Is there one that has stuck in
In May 2009, the Paid Vacation Act was presented to the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the bill will require that companies offer paid vacation time for their employees working 25 hours a week or more. What do you think of a paid vacation law?
While some can't wait for the warmer days to return and others are invigorated by the seasonal briskness, most of us have some cold-weather habit, holiday activity or winter ritual that we hold dear. Whether it's burrowing under thick piles of blankets, watching for the first snow flakes or getting a head start on garden planning, what are your favorite winter moments?
Share your favorite places to learn about food preservation.
Readers share tips, tricks and recommended products for keeping produce fresh longer.
Readers share tips and ideas for saving time in the kitchen.
It can be challenging to stay physically healthy and keep your spirits up during the winter months. You tell us, what do you do to say healthy this time of year?
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at this FAIR and future events.
We know why we love heritage breed livestock, but why do you?
The negative effects of the recession are painfully clear, but is there a silver lining hiding among the clouds? There's some evidence that the recession might means good news for the environment, and you might find it in your own home. Check it out, and let us know what you think.
Do you have a woodstove or pellet stove at home? We’d like to hear more about your experiences with woodstoves and any tips you may have for heating with wood.
Readers share reports about their favorite specialized kitchen utensils.
Readers share tips and stories about wild food foraging.
Readers share recipes and ideas for using up all those end-of-season green tomatoes.
One great thing about gardening that goes beyond soil building and crop rotations is its ability to bring people together. As spring is now officially here, it’s a great time to revel in all the pleasures the season is sure to bring. Please share your thoughts and stories about how gardening has brought people together in your life.
Readers share tips and tricks for storing green tomatoes and keeping them longer.
Readers familiar with triple-digit temperatures share their best tips for gardening in the southwest. Get advice about what to plant, when to plant and how to plant if you live in the hottest areas of the country.
Gardeners suggest gardening books for beginners.
Have you had a home energy audit done before? A home energy audit can show you the best ways to make your home more energy efficient.
Recycling building materials from other sources is a great way to cut the cost and reduce the environmental impact of your DIY projects. We want to know where readers go to find reclaimed or used building materials, and how they use these materials in home projects.
For homes in warm climates, white roofs, aka cool roofs, can reduce air conditioning costs by up to 20 percent.
There are a lot of changes we'd like to see made to our food system this year. Add your own.
As H1N1 (also known as "swine flu") continues to spread, people are taking a variety of precautions to avoid catching or spreading the virus — from being more diligent about washing hands to cancelling long-awaited vacations. Tell us what you're doing, and find out more about H1N1 and how you can stay informed and healthy.
We received more than 900 responses to a recent poll about flu shots, and we want to know: Are you getting a flu shot this year, and why or why not? Plus, share your tips for staying flu-free, flu vaccine or no.
From books and blogs to television news and online media, there are dozens of sources for learning about global warming. We want to know: Where do you go for reliable information about global warming?
From carbon footprints to added wear and tear on everything from trails to monuments, travel of any kind leaves a mark on the environment. The difficulty of balancing the environmental effects of your travels with a desire to see and appreciate firsthand the natural and manmade marvels of the world isn't an easy task, and is an issue that's inspired a wealth of discussion. What do you think? Would you travel less, or otherwise change the way you travel, in order to protect the environment?
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists recently moved back the minute hand on the symbolic Doomsday Clock by one minute, in part because of what they see as hope for mitigating catastrophic climate change. Tell us what you think about their decision.
In light of the environmental, economic and other damage caused by the Gulf oil spill, has your opinion about increased domestic drilling changed? Yes or no, we want to hear your thoughts on the topic.
We’d like to hear more about your experiences with green power. Is it available where you live? How does the price compare to what you would otherwise pay for electricity? Why have you — or haven’t you — chosen this option?
Should we be building more garbage incinerators in the United States? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
With the media reporting widespread vitamin D deficiencies and the Environmental Working Group's 2010 Sunscreen Guide reporting that some sunscreens may do more harm than good, there seem to be a few good arguments for getting a little exposure to unadulturated sunlight. What do you think? Will you change your sunscreen habits because of recent reports?
A little pampering can go a long way in making you feel rested, cared for and treated — and it doesn’t have to be expensive or involve complex chemistry. Check out this recipe for homemade bubble bath, and share your tips for creating a do-it-yourself home spa experience.
Hosting a gathering for casual fun or big celebrations can use up a lot of resources and leave a mess. What are you favorite tips for keeping waste to a minimum without sacrificing fun when hosting a great event?
When we're trying to achieve our dreams, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by all of the steps between where we are today and where we ultimately want to be. MOTHER EARTH NEWS writer Jenna Woginrich suggests a great idea for a fresh perspective and making your goals more attainable. If you look at the next 60 minutes, what can you do in the next hour to get closer to your goals?
Environmentalists are in a debate about the Cape Wind project. We want to know what you think about the proposed offshore wind farm.
The pros and cons of nuclear power have been discussed in news and politics for years. We want to know what you think. Is nuclear power a viable and safe option for cleaning up our air? Are the risks of nuclear energy worth the potential rewards? Are there other energy alternatives that deserve more of our attention?
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.
A recent poll asked you what percentage of people living in the U.S. you would guess grow food gardens. Most respondents underestimated the actual numbers of households with home gardens, a growing trend.
Rechargeable tool packages use the same battery to power multiple tools: saws, drills, drivers and flashlights. What are the benefits of these systems?
Believe it: With patience and pecking around, you can find low-voc paint for little more (maybe even less!) than you'd pay for conventional paint. What's your experience?
Let's dream a little dream of green home improvement, without worries about funding.
Water conservation can help you save big on money and energy. Here are a few ways to help you conserve water at home by simply using water-efficient appliances.
Share your opinion: Are you contemplating installing a solar-electric panel for your home?
We'd like to hear about projects you have planned that will help you save energy, save water or otherwise make your home greener.
Taking a bus or a train can be a great green way to reach your vacation destination. We'd like to hear more about your bus or train travels and what you liked, or didn't like, about the experience. Share your story here!
How a non writer can with effort contribute in a small way. To read more on our life style go to www.brucecarolcabin.blogspot.com
Meeting in person a long time Mother Earth News reader.
A new federal tax on soda and other sugary beverages has been suggested as a way to pay for part of the major overhaul of the U.S. health-care system proposed by the Obama administration. What do you think of the proposed soda tax?
Readers share their best ideas for saving money on meat and their recipes for almost meatless, flexitarian meals.
On Earth Day 2009, the Plastic Bag Reduction Act was introduced to the House of Representatives, proposing a five cent tax on single-use bags. We want to know, would you vote yes for the tax?
PBS and Ken Burns’ new series, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” is stirring up interest in some of our country’s most beautiful and awe-inspiring nature, as well as its people. And it’s no surprise that many of MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers have fond memories of these wilderness areas. What are your favorite memories and stories regarding our national parks?
Share your thoughts about natural building methods including straw bale building, cordwood construction, earth building and more.
Tell us what you think. If you installed a wind turbine or solar-electric panels, would you want to be tied to the electric grid, or would you rather have a grid-independent system?
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.
Check out these tips and share your ideas for welcoming 2010 with a green New Year’s Eve party.