With the help of the Mother Earth News Collector Series: Organic Gardening, 3rd Edition special issue, every season can be gardening season! Within these 160 pages, you’ll discover techniques and methods for growing, DIY plans for your gardens, vegetable advice for a variety of vegetables, and more. Whether you’re a beginner gardener wondering how to keep weeds out of your garden or an expert wanting to experiment with crop rotation, this issue has all the resources to help you in your next planting season.
The Complete Guide to Sheds has the perfect plan for anyone who is building his or her own tool shed, habitable shed, and many more kinds of structures.
The most popular plans from previous editions are preserved, from small garage-style sheds with overhead doors, to kit sheds, to contemporary utility sheds with a dramatic flair. This new edition delves into new styles that are drawing strong interest today, including tiny sheds, miniature tool sheds, and even small habitable sheds that are designed to function mostly as a quiet retreat for practicing a particular hobby or activity. As with all of the hardworking, practical sheds from earlier editions, the new varieties include full-color step-by-step photos, complete building plan drawings with cutting lists, and clear how-to instructions.
Shed-building, like any other building process, starts with good techniques. That's why the general skills section has been updated and improved. With this complete guide, you can build just about any shed you dream of. Plus, you'll find information on new tools and products that will make your project go faster and more smoothly. Rounded out with helpful information on important considerations like siting and zoning, Complete Guide to Sheds, Updated 3rd Edition truly is a complete guide to this very popular DIY activity.
The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses contains building plans, information, and tips to help you build and run your own greenhouse from the ground up.
Laser-focused on building greenhouses for the home gardener, it's the most complete title on DIY greenhouses you'll find anywhere. Featuring full-color step-by-step photos and comprehensive how-to instructions, the book includes full plans for structures that are designed to extend the gardening season. From ornate, Victorian-style greenhouses to basic cold frames, you're sure to find a project that meets your needs and fits your space. In this new edition, you'll find several new plans to expand the range of options, including a geodesic-dome greenhouse, a custom greenhouse with a fieldstone foundation, more kit greenhouses, and even a super-efficient greenhouse built completely from upcycled building materials!
The Complete Guide to DIY Greenhouses gives an updated look at new materials and products, along with tips for siting and orienting, that will help you make good design choices. Complete sections on heaters, ventilation, and watering systems show you how to set up and operate your greenhouse for maximum benefit. Building a greenhouse, even a relatively complex "stick-built" style, is a surprisingly easy DIY project and one that’s sure to delight any gardener in your family.
Learn how to use the best ingredients and simple, classic techniques to make fresh, homemade pasta in your own kitchen with Making Artisan Pasta. Calling for just the simplest ingredients and a handful of unique kitchen tools, making pasta at home has never been easier, more fun, or more delicious.
Through author and chef Aliza Green’s pasta expertise and encyclopedic knowledge of all things culinary (plus hundreds of gorgeous photos by acclaimed food photographer Steve Legato), you’ll never look at the supermarket pasta aisle the same way again.
Discover a world beyond traditional wheat-based pasta and enjoy nutrient-packed alternative pastas made from a variety of grains, beans, nuts, and spiralized produce.
Arm yourself with 80 new recipes that are simple enough for any home cook, but elegant and gourmet enough for the most adventurous taste buds. Prepare dishes that will highlight the flavors of your chickpea pasta, almond flour pappardelle, or shirataki noodles. Perfectly balanced dishes will have you coming back to this cookbook again and again.
With Pasta Reinvented, you'll learn how to make and shape pasta from scratch with alternative flours, or how to use store-bought pastas to the greatest advantage.
A new edition of an old favorite, The Complete Book of Pickling is full of classic recipes for pickles and chutneys, with inventive twists on old standbys and a brand-new section devoted to fermentation.
Fermentation is one of the hottest restaurant and home kitchen trends of the past three years, gaining popularity because it uses natural foods and offers extensive health benefits. Pickling is one of the oldest and cheapest methods of preserving foods, and now, with the help of step-by-step techniques, anyone can learn how to capture garden or farmers market vegetables at their best for year-round enjoyment.
The 250 easy, inventive, and cost-effective recipes use modern methods and equipment in accordance with food safety standards. Recipes include Kosher Dill Pickles, Pretty Beet and Radish Pickles, Kombucha, Classic Sauerkraut, Clementine Pear Chutney, Pineapple Lime Tomato Salsa, and Smoky Three-Pepper Cucumber Relish.
Be inspired to get your hands dirty with Garden DIY!
Filled with complete plans and step-by-step instructions, this guide offers a creative mix of both practical and decorative projects for gardening enthusiasts, ranging from easy to advanced. From building raised beds and cold frames to a brick birdbath, mason bee house, and much more, brother-and-sister team Samantha and Daniel Johnson bring you 25 fun outdoor projects. They introduce the DIY mindset, explaining the benefits of building things yourself, and they include an overview of the basic tools needed. Find helpful construction and painting tips, as well as estimated time frames for each task.
No need to keep buying the same vegetables you eat all the time. Regrow Your Veggies is an insightful guide that provides effective propagation techniques to recycle and regrow more than 20 popular vegetables right at home! Learn how to keep a source of fresh and healthy vegetables close by, from onions and sweet potatoes to pineapples and mangoes. Reduce waste, and understand how to prevent and solve issues involving pesky pests and pathogens. Get the most out of your favorite foods, and produce your own produce!
In Fibershed, readers will learn how natural plant dyes and fibers such as wool, cotton, hemp, and flax can be grown and processed as part of a scalable, restorative agricultural system. They will also learn about milling and other technical systems needed to make regional textile production possible. Fibershed is a resource for fiber farmers, ranchers, contract grazers, weavers, knitters, slow-fashion entrepreneurs, soil activists, and conscious consumers who want to join or create their own fibershed and topple outdated and toxic systems of exploitation.
Smoke and cure everything from store-bought meats to freshly harvested fish and game!
Drawing on more than 40 years of experience smoking everything from succulent salmon to whole hogs, award-winning outdoor writer and photographer Monte Burch presents this practical handbook for anyone who wants to make their own smoked or cured products.
The Complete Guide to Smoking and Salt Curing introduces beginners to the ancient art of preserving meat, fish, and game with full-color photographs and clear instructions on how to select meats and avoid contamination, how to choose smokers, and how to use various tools.
Certified master food preserver and cooking enthusiast Georgia Varozza wants to show you how safe and easy canning your favorite foods can be. She will teach you the basics, including how to fit the process into your busy life, the equipment you’ll need, and step-by-step instructions for both water-bath and pressure canning.
Enjoy wholesome recipes for canning fruit, vegetables, meat, soups, sauces, and so much more. Save money by preserving your own food and gain valuable peace of mind by knowing exactly what’s going into the meals you’re serving.
Join the growing number of households who are embracing the pioneer lifestyle. It’s time for you and your family to feel good about food again. This cookbook can help.
Covering a broad array of landscape plants, including edibles, flowering and fruiting trees and shrubs, evergreens, and perennials, horticulturist Jessica Walliser takes a deep dive into the emerging category of compact plants.
In the Gardener's Guide to Compact Plants, you'll discover fantastic, brand new dwarf and compact plant varieties you didn't even know existed. And, you'll learn how to grow more flowers, fruits, and veggies than ever before, no matter how much—or how little—space you have. It's the perfect book for homeowners with small yards, urban gardeners, container growers, or anyone looking to grow a beautiful and productive small-scale garden.
This is your essential reference to hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychoactive compound found in cannabis that boasts powerful medicinal properties for physical and mental ailments. The handbook separates fact from fiction and provides practical, easy-to-understand information on CBD’s benefits. In a comprehensive introduction to CBD, you’ll learn the history of the cannabis plant; how hemp cannabis differs from marijuana; how to buy, store, and employ CBD oil safely (including dosages); and what federal regulations govern its use.
This book also provides simple instructions on how to use CBD oil to treat common ailments (such as anxiety, depression, stress, pain, and insomnia), and it includes 40 recipes for soothing drinks, tinctures, salves, and more (to help you safely incorporate CBD into your daily health routine).
In Simplify Your Homestead Plan, experienced homesteader and community leader Cyndi Ball will show you how to get in touch with what you want out of this lifestyle and how to achieve it. You'll reflect on your personal strengths and interests and then use them to make effective plans to meet your goals in a smart, sustainable way.
The Mother Earth News Premium Issue: Super Herbs will prove the usefulness of herbs whether you’re using them in your kitchen or stocking the medicine cabinet. With articles written by experts such as Jessi Bloom, Maria Noël Groves, Stephanie Tourles, and more, this collection offers valuable information on every page.
For backyard chicken keepers and large-scale farmers alike, the single greatest challenge is protecting poultry from predators. What’s Killing My Chickens? is the essential guide to identifying the culprit and ensuring safety for the flock. Often, by the time an attack is discovered, the predator has already left the scene. Bestselling author and chicken expert Gail Damerow uses the style of a detective manual to teach readers how to follow clues such as tracks, trails, scat, and other signs to identify the attacker. Predator profiles describe key habits of each and best techniques for blocking their access to the coop and yard, including removing attractants, using poultry guardians and lighting, and installing the most effective type of fencing. This empowering book offers essential knowledge, and peace of mind, for every chicken keeper.
Enhance your property with a beautiful outbuilding! Whether you want to build one yourself or order a project plan, this guide contains step-by-step instructions for constructing and designing more than 100 barns, sheds, and other types of outbuildings in a variety of shapes and sizes. Providing an overview on safety, planning, tools, and materials, it will also teach you everything you need to know about foundations, framing, roofing, wiring, and more. Then choose between designing and building a shed or barn from scratch, buying a kit, or ordering a plan package from within the book’s pages. The sound and inspiring content will also help you prepare, plan, design, and decide which outbuilding option is best for you!
Countless home cooks remain loyal users of their slow cookers for preparing satisfying, low-maintenance meals. But the tried-and-true slow cooker recipe repertoire is about to change, with author Nicki Sizemore’s fresh spin on slow-cooked meals.
Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker is filled with slow-simmered main dishes (plus 35 recipes for sauces and sides) that replace canned ingredients with fresh vegetables, boost flavor with aromatic herbs and spices, and feature a tantalizing array of global tastes in dishes that span the menu. Overnight Pumpkin-Brown Rice Pudding with crunchy pecans is a wholesome, hands-off breakfast treat, Thai Curried Chicken & Rice Noodles gets a spicy kick from curry broth, and Shredded Beef Mole Tacos are accented with the sweet heat of Quick Pickled Jalapeños.
Whether you’re feeding a family or entertaining a crowd, each recipe highlights prep work that can be knocked out days in advance, making serving meals worthy of every occasion easy and delicious.
Why go green? Author Jill Potvin Schoff's search for a cure for her infant son's eczema resulted in her embracing the green cleaning lifestyle. In this handbook, she explains how to eliminate toxic chemical household cleaning agents from your life and replace them with natural, homemade solutions.
Green Clean will show you how to green up your chores and reduce your family's exposure to hazardous chemicals. Using safe, effective, and inexpensive ingredients and recipes, Schoff offers simple cleaning methods and smart tips that will keep both you and the environment healthy.
A flock of frolicking waterfowl can be a lively addition to any hobby farm, and Ducks offers essential information on tending a small-scale flock. It’s a must-read for those drawn to ducks for their striking colors, spirited personalities, and the valuable products they provide.
With full-color photos, a handy glossary, and advice from experienced duck farmers, the book will quickly become a treasured resource. Its contents include information on:
• Selecting the ideal breed for your farm
• Constructing a shelter and fencing
• Keeping ducks healthy with a nutritious diet
• Spotting symptoms of common duck diseases
• Breeding ducks and raising healthy ducklings
• Harvesting farm-fresh eggs and meat