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Turning Nettles into Textiles

By Mari Stuart, Make Gather Grow

Anyone – not just textile artists – can learn the fairly straightforward process of extracting fiber from the humble stinging nettle (Urtica dioica).


Building a Front Yard Pond

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

Build a small garden pond to enjoy the soothing qualities of water and add a diverse habitat for birds, aquatic plants and insects.


How to Build a One Person Hot Tub

By Roy Green

Learn how to build the Furo, a one person hot tub for $100. The article includes step-by-step instructions, information on materials and construction photos. Originally published as "Hot Tub Nirvana for $100" December 1995/January 1996 MOTHER EARTH NEWS. 


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Purchasing a Used Tractor: A Checklist to Consult Before You Buy

By Monica White

Inspect any tractor that you intend to purchase, even if you feel that you know its history. This checklist covers safety, body, startup and more.


Aquaponics: The Basics

By Maryann Robinson

Use an inert growing medium and special fertilizer generated by fish with a little help from beneficial bacteria.


Handcrafted Soaps Podcast

Joanna Will of Prairie Turnip Farm shares how she began and developed her soap business, and what she’s learned through her experiences.


How to Build a Natural Swimming Pool

By Douglas Buege and Vicky Uhland

Douglas Buege and Vicky Uhland explain how to build a natural swimming pool on your homestead, includes information on pool zoning, natural filtration, sealing the pool and algae control.



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