Farming Advice: Natural Swimming Pool, Solar Heating and Fruit Flies

Farming advice from MOTHER and her readers, including tips for maintaining your natural swimming pool, a kit for solar heating and a recipe for catching fruit flies.

| February/March 2003

  • A homemade peach picker.
    A homemade peach picker.
  • Natural swimming pool tips.
    Natural swimming pool tips.
  • Use rubber snakes as a deer deterrent.
    Use rubber snakes as a deer deterrent.

  • A homemade peach picker.
  • Natural swimming pool tips.
  • Use rubber snakes as a deer deterrent.

MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers share their farming advice, fun tips and country folklore, including maintaining a natural swimming pool, a solar heating kit and how to catch fruit flies.

Solar House Resource

I enjoyed your recent article on simple solar heating. I've been designing sun-tempered and passive-solar houses in the sun-starved Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. It still amazes me how many people build a new house without ever thinking about the light that falls on it. Not only must they live much of the year in the dark, they are spending perhaps 20 percent to 30 percent more than they need to for heating.

Your readers planning to build solar homes might want to check out my do-it-yourself, downloadable Sunkit that will plot the sun for any building site in the mainland 48 states. This Sunkit includes the most effective and simplest solar strategies and also tells how to adjust them to fit local climate variables.

The Sunkit can be found at

— John Raabe
Langley, Washington

Natural Swimming Pool Tips

Regarding your recent story about natural swimming pools (MOTHER EARTH NEWS August/September 2002), here are some do's and don'ts that we discovered after we built our natural pool four years ago.

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