More Than a Magazine ... A Way of Life
How to Make Cheap Garden Beds
From instant beds to lasagna gardening, discover six methods for creating garden beds from scratch while easily incorporating what we see as the most important tenet of building new beds: keeping your planting areas separate from your walking areas. (Plus, find out why framed or raised beds may be purely optional!)
Home Wind Power: Yes, in My Backyard!
Residential wind power is renewable, non-polluting, and, in the right circumstances, can save you money. Homeowners and industry experts share firsthand knowledge of home-scale wind energy — including system options and economics — to help you determine whether it’s right for you.
Chickens in the Garden
As if fresh, nutritious eggs and homegrown roast chicken dinners weren’t reason enough to raise your own poultry: You can “recoop” much of the expense of raising chickens by putting their manure to work in your garden and enlisting your birds for organic pest control.
How to Choose the Best Greenhouse Kit
Backyard greenhouses feed the need to dirty our fingers while the rest of the garden is dormant, and even a small greenhouse can provide effective season extension by jump-starting seedlings in spring. Here’s how to select the best setup for your little acre.
Zero-Turn Mowers: Best Rides and Best Buys
Zero-turn mowers are faster and more efficient than other riding mower designs — but how do different models compare? To find out, we assigned 14 riders to evaluate 27 machines.
The White House Garden Sets a Powerful Example
The beautiful food garden on the White House lawn is helping promote a national conversation about the joys of gardening and the importance of eating fresh, local fruits and vegetables.
Build Your Own Car That Gets 100 Miles Per Gallon
What started in the summer of 2008 as an ambitious project to create a 100-miles-per-gallon sports car within a budget of $10,000 has come full circle. Inspired by classic race cars but grounded in frugality, MAX (MOTHER’s Automotive eXperiment) may be the world’s coolest DIY car.
How Plants Defend Themselves
The more science reveals about the complexity and sophistication of plants — their keen sensitivity to the environment, the extraordinary number of tricks they rally to fight off attackers — the less easily we can dismiss them as mere fiberfill backdrop to our world.