MOTHER EARTH NEWS: February/March 2015

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How to Work: The Most Important Self-Reliance Skill Ever
Practice these six habits to master the true make-or-break homesteading skill: getting the right work done, the right way.


Wise Pairings: Best Flowers to Grow with Vegetables
Plant a profusion of pollen- and nectar-rich flowers among your edible plants.

Grow the Most Nutritious Fruits and Vegetables
Choose the fruit and vegetable varieties richest in health-promoting phytonutrients.

DIY Fresh Pastas: Make Traditional, Whole-Grain or Gluten-Free Noodles
Fresh Egg-Noodle Recipe
Whole-Wheat Noodle Recipe
Gluten-Free Noodle Recipe

Do-It-Yourself Drying Rack
Use your noodle: Build this folding rack to dry fresh pasta, herbs and more.

Homemade Yogurt: Easy, High-Quality, Low-Cost
Try making your own yogurt and we’re betting you’ll agree it tastes better than store-bought.

How to Maximize MPG
Get better gas mileage with these 12 driving techniques.

Electric Lawn Equipment: Take Charge of Your Yard
Electric mowers, chainsaws and chippers are quieter, less expensive to run, and easier to maintain than their gas-powered counterparts.

Community Energy: Power from the People
These communities have developed — and now control — local renewable energy sources.

Is Recycling Worth It?
Explore whether your recycling habits truly pay off for the environment.

Use a Stand-Up Desk to Boost Your Health
Burn extra calories, boost circulation and improve your posture — all while you work.


News from MOTHER
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Dear Mother: February/March 2015
Reader letters about livestock guardians, small homes, homemade deodorant, going TP-free, leeks, high-quality garden seeds and more

Green Gazette
Innovative Solutions to Our Water Crisis
New Organic Sweet Corn Variety
Compare Solar Prices on ‘EnergySage’
New Study Links Pesticides and Autism
Check Out ‘GMO OMG,’ a Film on Genetic Engineering
Reducing Food Waste Through Legislation

The Gardener’s Table
Winter’s Jewels: How to Grow and Cook Beets and Carrots
Roasted Beets Recipe: Beet ‘Steaks’ with Lime
Simple Carrot Recipe: Beet and Carrot Boats
Garlic-Roasted Carrots Recipe

Garden Know-How
ID and Prevent 6 Common Tomato Diseases
Our gardening guru details how to spot symptoms of tomato afflictions and adopt strategies to keep your plants healthy.

The Pitchfork Pulpit
5 Ways We Can Scale Sustainable Farming
Want to grow your budding farm business into a viable enterprise? These expert recommendations from farming advocate Joel Salatin can make a big difference.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
How to Make a Chalkboard Sign
Idea for Alternative Cat Litter
A Creative Source for Basil Seedlings
Homemade Tarp from Used Feed Bags
Uses for Empty Plastic Bottles in Your Garden
Mysost: A Whey Better Cheese Recipe
Heat a Seedling Shelf with a Chicken Brooder
Creative Nesting Boxes
Fuel Your Fire with Dried Citrus Peels
World’s Simplest Skin Toner and Moisturizer
Make a Mini-Greenhouse from a Plastic Salad Container
Homemade Watering Can Cover
Out of Beer? A Second Method of Slug Control
How to Prevent Tick Bites
Build a Goat Milking Stand

Ask Our Experts
How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring Planting
How Many Eggs Can a Chicken Lay?
Do I Need a Churn to Make Butter?
Where to buy Non-GMO Seeds
How to Keep Livestock Water from Freezing

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