MOTHER EARTH NEWS: October/November 2011

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS: October/November 2011 

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Build This Easy Hoop House to Grow More Food
Extend your season like never before for less than $1,000!



The Astonishing Story of Real Milk
Most modern dairy products are mere shadows or their predecessors. Come with us on a journey to discover how wonderfully delicious and nutritious milk can be.

Grow Cover Crops for the Best Garden Soil
If you want to grow lots of food, think of beneficial cover crops as essential in your garden.

82 Sustainable Gardening Tips
Go beyond organic with these creative, real-world ideas for more sustainable gardening.

Outdoor Root Cellars
Five easy ways to store fresh food for winter right in your garden — it can be as easy as tossing a bagful of leaves over a patch of carrots!

How a Chipper-Shredder Can Help on Your Homestead
Choose the right machine to convert your yard “waste” into high-quality mulch for your garden.

Living Off the Grid (And Without Propane)
Our Ontario home is powered by sun, wind and wood, and consumes virtually zero fossil fuels.

Rabbit: A Great Meat Animal for Small Homesteads
Clean, quiet rabbits are easy to raise, even for urban growers.


Build an Earth Oven
Natural, Homemade Laundry Soaps
How to Make a Worm Bin
Cannin’ Jams and Jellies 

News From MOTHER
National Homesteading Education Month 

Reader letters about food independence, politics in MOTHER EARTH NEWS, wiser living apps, worst garden weeds, snakes, killer herbicides, and more. 

Green Gazette
Lower Blood Pressure Naturally With Hibiscus Tea
‘Tomatoland’: Shocking Exposé on the Industrial Food System
Imprelis: DuPont’s Weed (and Tree) Killer
Support Mobile Abattoirs for Access to Local Meat
Back-to-Basics Biofuels
Celebrate Heritage Livestock 

Crop at a Glance
Growing Strawberries
Learn how to grow strawberries — even in containers and small spaces — so you can enjoy ripe berries at the very start of summer.

Real Food
Try Farm-Fresh American Hard Cider This Season
An Apple Education: Cider Resources
Dessert Cider: Super Sweet Sippers
Your Mission: Find a Crackerjack Cider Producer Near You
Apple Butter Cocktail Recipe
Apple Soup Stock Recipe
Learn New Skills, Reclaim Your Kitchen: 3 Technique-Based Cookbooks Reviewed
Appetizing Apps Teach Us How to Cook
How to Roast Squash and Pumpkin Seeds
Best Winter Squash and Pumpkin Varieties: Fall for Fall’s Variety 

Homestead Know-How
How to Get the Best Firewood for Clean and Affordable Energy
Find out where to harvest or buy firewood, plus how to split, dry and stack your logs for the most efficient wood heat.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Take-Along Bike Rack
Candlewick Fire Starters
Timesaver for Apple Butter and Tomato Sauce
Simple Garden Artwork
Perfect Chook Nook
There’s an App for That!
Trash Day Reminder
This Feeder Is Too Slick for Squirrels
Ersatz Bread for the Birds
Radical Recycling
Lightweight Plant Protector 

Rancho Cappuccino
What Does It Mean to ‘Kill Humanely’?
Some say predators, such as wolves, kill cruelly, whereas human hunters kill swiftly and painlessly — but neither notion is fair nor accurate.

Pearl S. Buck 

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