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Why Natural Insect Control Works Better
Interplant flowers with your food crops to promote a balanced insect ecology and achieve natural insect control without toxic pesticides, plus learn how to protect garden plants with physical barriers, succession planting, trap crops and more.


The Truth About Vegetarianism
Not eating meat won’t solve our planet’s problems. If we want a truly sustainable civilization, we need to look at the basic truths about the nature of food and farming.

Compact Tractors: What to Consider When Buying
Armed with a little implement understanding and machinery know-how, you can learn to speak the dealer’s language and get the compact tractor you need.

Keep a Family Cow and Enjoy Delicious Milk, Cream, Cheese and More
Have a cow! Here’s what you need to know to buy and care for a dairy cow. You’ll have a blast, plus you’ll save money on dairy products (and even meat).

The Good Work of Busy Beavers
These “ecosystem engineers” create wetlands that in turn support a wide diversity of wildlife.

You Can Build a House
Explore your options with this guide to log homes, timber frames, structural insulated panels and more.

How to Build a Hot Tub
You can create a relaxing oasis in your backyard for less than $1,000 with this easy DIY hot tub plan.

Plan the Perfect Sunroom Addition
Follow these principles and you can get the triple benefits of a cozy living space, free solar heat and a super greenhouse for plants!

Ticks: Natural Prevention and Remedies
Use these 10 tips to take the ick out of dealing with ticks this summer.


News From MOTHER
Modern Chemicals: Precaution Is In Order 

Reader letters on creating a sustainable society, homesteading dreams, MAX (our DIY car), easy garden planning, and more. 

Green Gazette
Every Gallon Counts: Save Gas With Hypermiling
The Truth About Biodegradable Plastics
The Wheel Hoe: A Modern Weed Slayer
Cut Your Grass, Without Gas!
Make Skeeters Scarce: Avoid West Nile Virus
Best-Tasting Tomatoes
A Great Way to Get Rid of Stumps
Guard Your Garden 

Crop at a Glance
Growing Winter Squash
Colorful, curvaceous and a cinch to store, winter squash is one of the most nutritious crops you can grow. Learn how to plant, grow, harvest and store these spectacular fruits.

Kitchen Garden
Orangeglo Watermelon
This unique orange watermelon offers great flavor to gardeners, even in regions normally considered too cool for conventional varieties.

Garden Know-How
Hard-Working Garden Hoes
Choose the right garden hoes for nearly effortless weed control in vegetable or flower gardens.

Firsthand Report
Want a Cozy, Affordable Home? Build a Yurt
MOTHER EARTH NEWS reader Craig Boyer saved money and realized his dream of going back to the land by building a yurt in upstate New York.

Country Lore: Readers’ Tips to Live By
One Family’s Green Backyard Playhouse
I Built a Small Electric Car
Mason Bee Nesting ‘Boxes’
Eggs-for-Sale Sign
Cayenne Pepper Halts Armadillo Raids
How We Cut Our Water-Heating Costs
How Do You Irrigate Your Garden? 

Green Home Improvement
Eco-Friendly Roofing Options
Choose from a variety of durable and environmentally friendly roofing materials, such as recycled shingles, metal roofing, sustainably harvested wood shakes and more.

Ask Our Experts

Beat Tomato Diseases
Pros and Cons of DIY Solar Panels
When to Use a Nonreactive Pan Instead of Aluminum Cookware
Water- and Air-Powered Cars: Do These Vehicles Really Work?
Use a Simple Compost Test to Avoid Contaminated Materials in Your Garden 

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