Dear Mother: Chicken Coop Compost

Readers share stories and tips about chicken coops, compost, organic bedding, hog panel garden beds, homemade pectin, and mushroom planters.

Photo by Bill Present

Chicken Coop Compost

Your articles and tips have made my goal of living off my land a reality. After 20-plus years, it was time to redo my composting bins. Building a new compost bin inside my chickens’ fenced-in area has made them happy, as they compost everything daily.

Bill Present

New Hope, Pennsylvania

Archive to the Rescue

I used to have so many books and magazines — including a complete collection of Mother Earth News from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and on — that I had to rent storage space to hold them all. In fact, in the early ‘80s, I discovered a box at a yard sale full of Mother Earth News, issues No. 1 through 25. (They’re what got me started reading your wonderful magazine.) Unfortunately, last October, someone broke into my storage unit and completely emptied it out! All of my precious books and magazines are gone forever!

I’ve seen the ads for the Mother Earth News digital archive, and I’d been meaning to buy it for a long time. The theft of my magazines pushed me into it, and I’m glad I did! I’ve already accessed the articles a couple of times, looking for advice to help me with my new container garden. Thanks for offering your great magazine on an easy-to-access flash drive. It’s not the same as flipping through the old issues, but it does help alleviate the loss a bit.

Jim Gilbert



Fall 2021!

Put your DIY skills to the test throughout November. We’re mixing full meal recipes in jars, crafting with flowers, backyard composting, cultivating mushrooms, and more!


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