MOTHER EARTH NEWS: August /September 2015

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MOTHER EARTH NEWS: August/September 2015

More Than a Magazine… A Way of Life

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Year-Round Gardening: Tips for Your Region
With these expert-recommended techniques and crop varieties, you, too, can break through seasonal barriers in your climate.


The Many Paths to Self-Reliant Living: Homesteaders of the Year
Living off-grid, raising heritage livestock, growing stunning gardens, and packing pantries are just some of the activities that make these modern homesteaders absolute standouts.

Natural Cooling Methods: How to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning
These adjustments will help you ditch your AC addiction, even in scorching summer weather.

Best Cider Apples — Plus a DIY Press!
To craft batches of cider to sigh for, prune your planting list to these six top apple variety picks, and juice fruit in this whiz-bang washing machine press. 

Everyday Solar Cooking
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen and cook with free power from the sun.

How to Get Rid of Ticks and Prevent Lyme Disease
Nix ticks from your yard, home and body to prevent Lyme and other diseases.

Tips to Grow Great Garlic
Use this season-by-season guide to cultivate a treasure trove of fat, flavor-packed cloves.

DIY Home Biodiesel Production: Make Your Own Fuel
Rev up your self-reliant lifestyle by transforming used cooking oil into homemade fuel that can power any diesel vehicle. 


News from MOTHER
Tesla’s Power Storage Batteries Are Making Waves

Dear MOTHER: August/September 2015
Reader letters about homemade bread, the next generation of homesteaders, homeowners’ association rules, consumers voting with their dollars, and the International Year of Soils.

Green Gazette
‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth’: Government Deception About Genetically Modified Crops
Linoleic Acid in Soy Strongly Linked to the Obesity Epidemic
Browse Your Solar Financing Options in This New Guide
Is Homeopathy Effective?
The International Year of Soils

The Gardener’s Table
Growing and Cooking with Cucumbers and Peppers
Chunky Gazpacho Recipe
Warm Cucumbers with Cumin Recipe
Chiles Rellenos Recipe

Homestead Know-How
Homestead Dairy-Animals: The Pros and Cons of Cows and Goats 

The Pitchfork Pulpit
Avoid Farm Debt While Growing Your Business 

Country Lore
DIY Rhubarb-Leaf Stepping Stone
How to Rot a Stump for Easy Removal
How to Attract Bugs for Free-Range Chickens
How to Make a Collar for Your Pet
A Living Trellis Made of ‘Mammoth’ Sunflowers
How to Cook Sweet Corn: Readers’ Favorite Techniques
Solar-Powered LED Emergency Lights Shine On
Countertop Compost Bin for the Office
DIY Chair Pads from Feed Bags
How to Make a Scarecrow from an Old Hammock
How to Recycle Fabric for Household Use
Increased Freezer Efficiency
DIY Doormat from Recycled Plastic Bags 

Ask Our Experts
Is Steam Canning Safe?
Do I Need to Use Iodized Salt?
Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons: Is It Really Green?
Bean ‘Dip’