MOTHER EARTH NEWS: August/September 2010

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More Than a Magazine … A Way of Life

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Live on Less!
Can you really save money by going green? Absolutely! Check out our best tips for simple living and saving money.

Save Money on Groceries
Buying in bulk and freezing or canning fruits and veggies are great ways to enjoy better food and cut your grocery expenses by up to 85 percent!


Beloved, Beautiful Bluebirds
“The bluebird carries the sky on his back,” wrote Henry David Thoreau. And these birds have made a comeback as remarkable as their striking hue. Learn more about bluebirds and how you can support these true blue beauties.

Raising Sheep: The Basics
With a little land and a bit of know-how, you can raise this relatively inexpensive livestock for food, fiber and the “shear” fun of it.

All About Mushrooms
Have fun with fungi! Discover how mushrooms can build soil fertility and sustainability while giving you nutritious and delicious treats.

The Skid-Steer Loader: A Utility Machine Fit for the Farm
These machines are great for moving dirt and hay bales, grading your driveway, working in tight spaces, and more.

How to Build a Grain Bin House
These simple metal structures can be used as houses, backyard retreats, storage sheds and more!

Best Home Energy Improvements
Find out which home energy improvements offer the most value for your home – especially if you’re working with a tight budget.

12 Strategies to Strengthen Your Immune System
Bolster your immune system naturally with these easy tips!

Wood Screws: Best Uses for the Best Types
Choosing the right wood screw is key to sturdy, beautiful building projects.


News From MOTHER
Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich

Reader letters about planting trees, the truth about vegetarianism, inviting honeybees, home dairy cows, and more.

Green Gazette
Dwindling Fossil Fuels and Our Food System
White-Nose Syndrome: Mystery Bat Killer
Stevia: This Sugar Substitute Is Sweet and Healthy
Build Your Own Home and Save!
Cape Wind Offshore Wind Farm Approved
Energy Star Criteria Now Tougher

Crop at a Glance
Growing Asian Greens
From crunchy Chinese cabbage to buttery bok choy, Asian greens offer an array of flavors and textures for your fall table. Learn how to plant, grow, harvest and store these versatile veggies.

Eat in Season
Summer Recipes: Fresh, Easy and Healthy
It’s sum-yummer again! Try our recipes for Easy Flame-Grilled Veggies, Green Tea and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Quinoa-Zucchini Cakes With Summer Herbs, and more.

Firsthand Report
What We Learned Going Back to the Land
With planning, inspiration and hard work, Bruce and Carol McElmuray created their dream retirement homestead in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
Passing On a Passion for Gardening
Use Sand to Deter Slugs in the Garden
Cookie of the Month
Krafty Kudzu Baskets and Treats
Prevent Avian Accidents
Parking Lot Safety Smarts
How to Freeze Flavorful Peaches
From Turning Fork to U-BarOkra Seed TreatsSave That SalamiPerfect Paper Garden Mulch

Garden Know-How
Self-Seeding Crops You’ll Never Need to Replant
Manage these vigorous self-seeding annual and biennial herbs, flowers and vegetables so you’ll never have to buy seeds again.

Ask Our Experts
Canning Safety Tips
Squish Those Squash Bugs
When to Shut Off Your Water Heater
Choose the Best Cat and Dog Food