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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.
12/15/2010
Planning a party? Let wabi-sabi’s influence lead to a casual, comfortable gathering.
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.
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!
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.
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.
1/27/2013
Try using the Grow Planner app to streamline your garden planning and your garden work.
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.
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.
5/5/2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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