MOTHER EARTH NEWS: February/March 2014

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More Than a Magazine … A Way of Life

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65 Tips to Save Money Through Self-Reliance
Apply a DIY approach to any facet of your life — food, health, home and more — and you’ll start significantly slashing your expenses today.


Intensive Gardening: Grow More Food in Less Space (With the Least Work!)
Blending the best principles of biointensive and square-foot gardening will yield a highly productive growing system.

Types of Wheat: What to Grow and How to Use It
Learn which factors determine flavor, best uses and nutrition.

How to Grow Organic Potatoes: No. 1 Potato Expert Shares His Best Tips
In this exclusive interview, professional potato producer Jim Gerritsen gives the full scoop on successfully growing and storing spuds.

Backyard Heritage Chicken Breeds
Discover the advantages of heritage chickens and select the breeds that fit your needs.

How to Calculate Gas Mileage
If you want to save money on gas, the best first step is to keep tabs on your vehicle’s mpg.

Choose the Best Compost Bin
If you dig composting and want a tidy setup, hide your heap inside one of these bins or tumblers endorsed by our readers.

Homemade Herbal Medicines
Simple and safe, these powerhouse plant remedies can help you heal on a shoestring.

Making a Green Choice: Childfree Living
One woman reflects on the pros and cons of choosing not to bear children.


MOTHER’s Directory of Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
Splendid Winter Squash Recipes
Take the Leap: Sell Your Harvests!
DIY Beekeeping Equipment
Grow Robust, Versatile Leeks
What to Plant Now
Crops at a Glance Guide

News From MOTHER
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Beautiful and Abundant
The Ties That Bind
More and more people — from both the right and left of the political spectrum — are finding common ground in sustainable, self-reliant living.

Reader letters about homemade sourdough bread, ag-gag laws, DIY poultry-processing, population growth, working dogs, low-tech home insulation, organic grasshopper control, and more.

Green Gazette

Fracking and Our Food Supply
Nursery Plants Contain Bee-Killing Chemicals
Take a Propane Mower for a Ride
Blight-Resistant Tomato Varieties
Keystone XL Pipeline
Try Bike Sharing
Great Garden Writing

Real Food

All About Olive Oil: Cooking, Tasting and Buying
Olive Oil Cake Recipe
Basil-Infused Olive Oil Recipe
Olive Tapenade Recipe
How to Make — and Use! — Homemade Vinegar
How to Make Infused Vinegars

Crop at a Glance

All About Growing Fruit Trees
From cold-hardy apples and cherries to semi-tropical citrus fruits, no plants give sweeter returns than fruit trees. Learn the basics to get your home orchard going today.

Homestead Know-How

Raising Ducks and Geese: A Homesteader’s Guide to Waterfowl
Ducks and geese are low-maintenance birds that provide fresh eggs, homegrown meat, weed and pest control, and even down for cozy homemade comforters.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By

How to Make Canning Jar Lights
Transform Charcoal Ash Into Homemade Putty
Boo-Hoo: How to Cut Onions Without Crying
Recycle Wood Chips for Chicken Coop Nests
Go Nuts for Kindling
Not Your Ordinary Clothes Hangers
Tangle-Free Electrical Cords
Blend, Drink, Eat, Repeat
Ping! Pop! A Kitchen Orchestra
Get Grindin’ With a Home Grain Mill
Homemade Laundry Soap
Unique Ways to Say ‘I Love You’
Walk On: Homemade Treadmill Desk
Plastic Bag Alternative

Ask Our Experts

Understanding ‘Organic’ Labels
Relocating Wild Animals
Best Electric Bicycle Brands
Airplanes and Illness
Tomatoes That Can Take the Heat


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