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MOTHER EARTH NEWS: BUILD IT YOURSELF E-BOOK


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Mother Earth News has been a leading source for DIY project plans and advice for over 30 years - and we've compiled 14 of the best projects in this convenient e-book for beginner and intermediate do-it-yourselfers. Learn how to build furniture, handle home plumbing, and many other skills for becoming more self-reliant. Projects include:

  • Woodworking Basics
  • Build a Solar Food Dehydrator
  • How to Unclog Drains
  • Build a Cozy Cabin
  • Make Safe Paint
Also available: Mother Earth News Complete Set of Digital E-Books.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer - no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

Buy this e-book for your Kindle reader! Visit Amazon to purchase your Kindle version today!

*E-Books are Eco-friendly! By supporting digital products like this one you help conserve resources and energy that comes with printing standard books. Order your downloadable E-book and start reading today!

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS: GUIDE TO LIVING ON LESS E-BOOK


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Are you looking for simple ideas to save money? The Mother Earth NewsGuide to Living on Less has dozens of ideas to help you save money on food, housing and energy, while also living a greener life.

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Are you looking for simple ideas to save money? The Mother Earth News Guide to Living on Less has dozens of ideas to help you save money on food, housing and energy, while also living a greener life.

These strategies for living lightly are simple, satisfying and even fun. Here are a few of the articles you’ll find in this special collection:

  • For big energy savings that can also help you save money check out our “8 Easy Projects for Instant Energy Savings.”
  • Ready to start a garden, or make your existing garden bigger?
  • Read “Easy Garden Anyone Can Make” for an easy plan that will have you growing more vegetables in no time.
Find out how you can enjoy better tasting, more nutritious food and save money by reading “Cut Your Food Bills in Half.”

You’ll also find articles on food preservation basics, brewing your own beer, raising chickens in your backyard, building a home without a mortgage, and many other ideas for how to save money.

Get ready, it’s time to start living on less and loving it!

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

*E-Books are Eco-friendly! By supporting digital products like this one you help conserve resources and energy that comes with printing standard books. Order your downloadable E-book and start reading today!


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THE EARTH-SHELTERED HOUSE

Malcolm Wells
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Price: $29.95

The Earth-Sheltered House is a classic in the annals of sustainable building books, written by a legend in the field of sustainable architecture. Malcolm Wells had a fundamentally different way of loo…

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The Earth-Sheltered House is a classic in the annals of sustainable building books, written by a legend in the field of sustainable architecture. Malcolm Wells had a fundamentally different way of looking at the design and building process, and his iconoclastic perspective has never been more apparent.

Wells’ work is revolutionary, but readers will find his message to be pure common sense. Earth sheltering offers superior comfort with minimal energy input, and it is adaptable to diverse terrains as well as a variety of architectural aesthetics.

This architect's sketchbook will show you how you can build underground homes of different styles. Complete with floor plans, elevation drawings and detailed diagrams, this book is a necessary resource for anyone who is considering building green.

An architect by trade, Wells lived in The Underground Art Gallery, in Brewster, Massachusetts, and wrote several books about this subject, which he began promoting in 1964. He was a pioneer of underground building and natural design. His best-selling books include Gentle Architecture and How to Build an Underground House. The Earth-Sheltered House is scanned from his own handwritten and illustrated pages.

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HOW TO BUILD SMALL BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS

Monte Burch
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Price: $18.95

More than 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for building a wide range of structures that are designed for adaptability and usefulness. You'll learn the step-by-step fundamentals of gen…

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More than 20 projects offer complete plans and instructions for building a wide range of structures that are designed for adaptability and usefulness. You'll learn the step-by-step fundamentals of general construction — from planning and laying out a site to do-it-yourself framing, roofing, wiring, plumbing, and much more. Some of the projects featured include:

  • All-purpose barns
  • Equipment or machine shed
  • Two-car garage
  • Roadside stand
  • Insulated dog house
  • Home office
About the Author:
Monte Burch has worked as a contractor, an editor, and freelance writer and photographer. He is the author of more than 50 books, including Building Small Farms, Sheds and Shelters, and has written numerous articles for various outdoor and how-to publications. With his wife, Joan, he owns and operates Outdoor World Press, Inc., a book publishing house.

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ECOBEAUTY

Lauren Cox with Janice Cox
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Price: $19.99

What's the hippest way to be green? By whipping up smoothing, brightening and moisturizing beauty products right at home with natural ingredients for natural beauty. EcoBeauty is the thoroughly natura…

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What's the hippest way to be green? By whipping up smoothing, brightening and moisturizing beauty products right at home with natural ingredients for natural beauty. EcoBeauty is the thoroughly natural, thoroughly enjoyable guide to concocting beautifying scrubs, rubs, masks, and bath bombs for you and your friends.

Natural beauty maven Lauren Cox is bringing bath and body products into the eco-friendly future with 100 easy and economical projects, featuring au courant ingredients — hemp oil, green tea, soy milk, powdered kelp, goat's milk and more — that are increasingly easy to find. Every EcoBeauty recipe is made with nourishing, natural ingredients that, unlike the harsh chemicals found in most store-bought beauty products, won't leave your skin dry, roughed-up or covered in residue.

Pretty recycled bottling and green gift-giving ideas round out this stylish how-to manual for the DIY generation. So whether you are a crafty chica revitalizing your skin with an Espresso Yourself Face Mask, a penny-pinching diva rocking some simple Green Tea Toner, or a chocoholic with a craving for Chocolate Brownie Lip Gloss, EcoBeauty has a money-saving, planet-loving, skin-pleasing creation for you.

About the Authors:
Lauren Cox is a full-time student at UCLA. She has been making her own natural bath and body products for the past ten years and has done product testing for her mother's popular natural beauty books.

Janice Cox is America's leading natural beauty and home beauty expert. She is the author of three best-selling books on the subject and is a regular contributor to magazines and newsletters, as well as a frequent guest on television and radio. She is a columnist for Herb Quarterly and The Herb Companion. Her current focus is organic DIY products.

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THE PASSIVE SOLAR PRIMER: SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

DAVID WRIGHT, AIA
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Architect David Wright helped pioneer the concept of passive solar architecture, and his thoughts and experiments have helped shape the evolution of solar design throughout the world. His years of exp…

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Architect David Wright helped pioneer the concept of passive solar architecture, and his thoughts and experiments have helped shape the evolution of solar design throughout the world. His years of exploration are distilled in this comprehensive book, which provides simple graphics and language to illuminate concepts including greenhouse effect, heat storage, surface-to-volume ratio, ventilation and cooling.

Tips, rules-of-thumb, regional characteristics and many other considerations are presented to help readers, from initial site selection to visionary design. Written for architects, designers and others who seek to tap the free resources offered by earth and sun, this invaluable tool will help reduce dependence on outside energy sources. You will be inspired.

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STARTER VEGETABLE GARDENS

BARBARA PLEASANT
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Price: $19.95

Master gardener Barbara Pleasant takes the guesswork and anxiety out of growing food, explaining in simple language exactly how to start, maintain and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden, ev…

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Master gardener Barbara Pleasant takes the guesswork and anxiety out of growing food, explaining in simple language exactly how to start, maintain and eventually expand an organic vegetable garden, even in the smallest of spaces. Choose one of 24 no-fail, small-scale garden plans and find out how easy it is to enjoy your own fresh food all season long!

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DRIP IRRIGATION FOR EVERY LANDSCAPE AND ALL CLIMATES

Robert Kourik
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Price: $13.00

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Drip irrigation is the best way to help any plant flourish and survive tough times, especially during short or long …

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Drip irrigation is the best way to help any plant flourish and survive tough times, especially during short or long droughts. Pick the wrong "stuff" and you easily can feel overwhelmed. Robert Kourik's Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates clearly explains how to use less water yet increase the yields of vegetables and promote the growth and flowering of all plants — trees, shrubs and container plants — in any climate, even where it rains irregularly.

In the tradition of the original groundbreaking book, this fully revised edition incorporates new information essential for gardeners, including how to manage limited water supplies with precision and efficiency, without the clutter of hundreds of widgets and gizmos, and the knowledge is shared in Kourik's inimitable, friendly, down-to-earth and easy-to-understand style.

Drip Irrigation for Every Landscape and All Climates reveals how to:

  • Utilize drip irrigation for everything you grow — trees, shrubs, hanging plants, container plants, and vegetable and flower gardens — and save up to 50 percent of your water compared to sprinklers.
  • Use a streamlined configuration of hardware and tubing.
  • Choose the best, sturdiest hardware that will last for decades in your home landscape and vegetable garden.
  • Pick tubing that has no emitters punched on the outside — these have a tendency to break off — and use this tubing buried beneath the surface to irrigate without losing any water to wind or evaporation.
  • Roll out a drip system in a very short period of time, avoiding tedious hours punching in emitters or adding smaller tubing to reach each plant.
  • Capture and reuse gray water and cistern water for irrigation.
  • Construct a system in which the main parts are effectively hidden or can be simply attached to an existing garden faucet.

About the author:
During the 1975 California drought, Robert Kourik created a primitive drip system, and since then, he has continued to innovate using the latest technologies. He has written 10 instructional books advocating sustainable gardening, edible landscaping and a healthy lifestyle, including Roots Demystified. He lives in Occidental, Calif.

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS GUIDE TO COUNTRY SKILLS E-BOOK


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You don't need to live in the country or own a large farm in order to be self-sufficient. You can practice many basic country skills in a small town, the suburbs and even in the city! The Mother Earth…

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You don't need to live in the country or own a large farm in order to be self-sufficient. You can practice many basic country skills in a small town, the suburbs and even in the city! The Mother Earth News Guide to Country Skills has the information you need to be more self-reliant, from ideas to implement in your home, to stories from those who have made a successful homestead for themselves.

Read about a woman who lives on a "renter's homestead" where she cans, gardens and keeps livestock. There is also the story of a couple who moved to the country, started a market garden and built their home by hand.

This Guide includes instructions for several DIY projects, including:

  • Easy Bread
  • Building a passive solar water heater
  • Canning fruit, meat and vegetables

You'll also find tips for buying land, choosing the right homestead vehicle and more.

Start your dream of becoming more self-sufficient, with Mother Earth News Guide to Country Skills.

INSTANT DELIVERY ITEM: When you order this e-book* we will provide you with a link for the e-book on the confirmation page. Simply click on the link and save the file to your computer — no more waiting for delivery or paying expensive shipping and handling fees.

*E-Books are Eco-friendly! By supporting digital products like this one you help conserve resources and energy that comes with printing standard books. Order your downloadable E-book and start reading today!

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COMPACT CABINS

Gerald Rowan
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Price: $19.95

Compact Cabins presents 62 design interpretations of the getaway dream. Whether it be a small cabin on a sparkling lakefront, a breath-taking mountaintop, an expansive beach, or some other peaceful lo…

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Compact Cabins presents 62 design interpretations of the getaway dream. Whether it be a small cabin on a sparkling lakefront, a breath-taking mountaintop, an expansive beach, or some other peaceful location, there is something here to please every taste. Best of all, these small-footprint designs are affordable and energy-efficient without skimping on comfort and style. The cabins range in size form a cozy 150 square feet to a more spacious but still economical 1,000 square feet, and all include sleeping accommodations, kitchen and bath facilities, and a heat source. Complete chapters on low-maintenance building materials, utilities and appliances, and alternative energy sources supply you with the options for living efficiently in small space.

For every design, you will find floor plans with detailed suggestions for designing the space for optimal use. These plans are flexible: many feature modular elements that can be mixed and matched to accommodate your particular needs or hobbies. Features such as an outdoor fireplace, covered porch, or external storage locker might work nicely in several cabin designs. It's all about enhancing and maximizing small spaces to your individual needs and preferences.

  • Need plenty of sleeping space for visiting friends and family? Jean's Run Cabin sleeps six in 501 square feet.
  • Do you own a shallow plot on a beautiful lake? Glass House Cabin offers terrific views, a large deck, and a wide-frontage floor plan.
  • Is your priority a romantic getaway? A Cabin for Two features a fireplace, a spa tub, and a cozy sleeping nook.
  • Love hosting parties? Clerestory Cabin with Dining Room has a dedicated dining space right next to the porch, which is perfect for cocktails or coffee.
In this time of uncertain energy costs, global warming, and tighter budgets, building small is a very appealing idea. Gerald Rowan shows you how to achieve your cabin dreams on a small footprint.

Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America's "Original Guide to Living Wisely," creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

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