Dear Mother

Letters to Mother Earth News from our Readers and answers from our editors and experts in gardening and homesteading

| October/November 2020

That Time I Met MOTHER

It’s taken a while, but I finally got around to reading some back issues of my favorite magazines. Of course, Mother Earth News was at the top of the pile. In the issue I picked up, you asked your readers to tell you about how we met Mother (“50 Years and Counting,” News from Mother, April/May 2019).

I met her in 1972. Like you, I’d been reading Rodale’s Organic Gardening and Farming for a few years. I remember picking up my first issue of Mother Earth News in an
organic food co-op near The Ohio State University campus in Columbus. That was in 1971. I believe Mother was offering lifetime subscriptions for a couple of hundred dollars. I wished I could’ve afforded it.

A few years ago, I got all of Mother up to 2012 on a disk. Rereading the few old issues I have is a joy. Keep up the wonderful work.

Nancy Moore



via email


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Beat the Heat with a Grape Vine Arbor

Working in my vegetable garden, I can spend hours cultivating, planting, harvesting, and weeding every day. The summertime heat in Texas can make it extremely difficult to keep up with all of my gardening chores.



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