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A Productive Garden Chore for Rainy Days

By Blythe Pelham

This is also a productive gardening chore for indoors when it’s hotter than blazes outside! If you don’t sit still well when there is so much gardening work to be done, this chore will have you feeling satisfied and happy while preparing for next year’s seed-starting season.


4 Essential Wood-Planer Maintenance Tips

By Steve Maxwell

If you’ve got a thickness planer (aka a wood planer) in your home woodworking shop, then there are four things you need to do to keep it running well. If you want to maintain top-notch performance from your wood planer and solve problems that might come up with the machine, you’ve come to the right place.


Creating Roll-Top Cold Frames

Submitted by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Readers

Find out how readers designed and constructed their own cold frames for convenient year-round growing and plant protection.


DIY Honey Hand Salve

Story and photos by Kimberlee Bastien

Use this basic recipe and your favorite ingredients from the beehive to create a personalized hand salve that’s perfectly suited to your skin.


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Creating Garden Art from the Cast-offs of Others

By Blythe Pelham

If you want to add interest to an area of your garden, consider repurposing unusual items while creating focused vignettes. Blythe explains the process she used to do just this.


Soap Making Lingo Every New Soap Maker Needs to Know

By Carrie Miller, Miller Micro Farm

You need to understand the terms before following the recipe.


How to Make Mushroom Paper and Ink

By Tradd Cotter

Bring your writing to life (literally) and reduce your environmental footprint by making mushroom based paper and ink.


Look What the Cat Dragged In: Homemade Fish Fertilizer Recipe

By Blythe Pelham

It’s in this blogger’s nature to make lemonade. This time it’s more like making fish stew from the dead carcass found in her garden.



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