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The 10 Best Places to Camp for Free Northern California

It’s hard to think of a more satisfying way to spend a beautiful weekend than camping on one of Northern California’s spectacular array of public …

5 Offline Apps to Download for your Next Trip

One of the greatest problems of the frequent traveler is the lack of phone service. Whether you’re wandering off into the heart of the Yosemite …

How to win the war on weeds | Alys Fowler

Weeding can feel like painting the Forth Bridge – by the time you finish, it’s time to start again. Alys Fowler offers a few tricks to use<p>When I was a student, weeding the endless rectangular order beds at Kew Gardens that document the botanical families and their members was like painting the …

Gardening

14 Soak-Worthy Hot Springs to Chase

The hot bath has long been used as treatment for releasing stress and promoting better health. This isn't an old wives' tale, especially when it …

Hot Springs

The Best Free Online Photography Courses and Tutorials

Given my interest in lifelong learning and skill-development, I often ask people which new skills they’re looking to learn. The most common response? …

50 Things You Need to Know Before Taking Up Photography

Welcome to the world of photography. Before we jump in, there are a few things you will need to know.<p><b>This is a Deep, Deep Rabbit Hole</b> – It takes a …

Survivalist's YouTube account was almost the only good thing about 2016

Please excuse me while I watch a man make a prawn trap with his bare hands, for what's left of 2016.<p>The YouTube account Primitive Technology has only …

National park tips: Here's the coziest old lodge you've never heard of

You'll need to do some advance work to get a reservation, but Lassen Volcanic National Park's underappreciated Drakesbad Guest Ranch, about 170 miles north of Sacramento, is a rare throwback that's worth it.<p>It's a summertime lodge and rustic cabins (set to open June 2, 2017), that go back to 1900. …

Sow hardy annuals now for a colourful display next year

Sowing in autumn gives poppies, corn marigolds, cornflowers and other hardy annuals a head start<p>I’ve been looking out of our lounge window onto a singed hay meadow all summer, which would be fine if we lived opposite a farm. But what I’m gazing at, rather downheartedly, is my attempt at creating an …

Hairy vetch might sound unpleasant, but it will change the way you grow tomatoes

Everybody loves tomatoes, but they’re not the easiest vegetable to grow. They get diseases, leaves drop, fruits rot, and gardeners will always listen to a new tip for growing healthier ones with better yields.<p>Tomatoes (and other crops as well) are often grown using black plastic as a mulch to …

Gardening

Want to hike Point Reyes? Try this four-day backpacking trip

In the late 16th century, British explorer Sir Francis Drake is thought to have stopped at Point Reyes during a round-the-world journey. The ship's chaplain wrote a description of the landscape and complained about "the stinking fogges" that shrouded the headlands in summer.<p>That hasn't changed.<p>The …

Fields of Green: 5 Favorite Lawn Substitutes

Ah, the scent of freshly mowed grass. And… lawn mower noise, grass allergies, proliferation of chemical fertilizers, obscene water consumption, and …

The advantages of using wooden pathways in your garden

Once upon a time, there were three little pigs, and they each decided to plant a garden. When it came to making paths in them, each chose a different style. The first pig, who was ambitious and practical, built paths made of brick that led you past little brick-edged beds. It took him such a long …

Gardening

30 Must-Do Adventures in California

It's no secret that California is home to some incredible outdoor destinations. From the serrated ridge lines of the High Sierra to the gargantuan …

Hiking

The Under $10 Makeup Products The Internet Loves

Looking to update your makeup collection? Also looking to not blow your entire paycheck in the process? Head to the drugstore. When it comes to drugstore products, the only people we trust more than the dozens of bargain-beauty obsessed makeup artists for recommendations are the hard-core beauty …

Makeup

An Easy 6-Day Plan to Lose 10 Pounds

Get the motivation you need to slim down and stick with it.<p>If you could design your dream diet, what would it include? Lots of variety so meals and snacks never get boring? Plenty of treats? A day to cheat a little? Well, we hear you — and we've worked all that into our program. Follow this easy …

9 Gardening Diagrams Every Gardener Needs to Pin

We predict beautiful blooms in your future.<p>As soothing, rewarding, and therapeutic as gardening can be, it can also be challenging. This plant needs <i>how much</i> sun? Tomatoes can't be planted next to <i>what</i> vegetable? Thankfully, there are tons of gardeners on Pinterest who are here to save the day with …

5 Fun and Unusual Airbnb Rentals in Tahoe

It’s time to start planning your summer Tahoe trip, but instead of booking a run-of-the-mill hotel room, why not opt for a tiny house, tipi or comfy …

Tahoe

5 Plants You (Almost) Never Have to Water

Every plant needs water. But drought-resistant varieties need only dainty sips once they’re established, making them perfect for low-rainfall areas …

DIY - Concrete Garden Edging - Quiet Corner

Looking for an inexpensive, lasting way to set apart your planting beds? Use these steps to make concrete garden edging in any length you wish.<p>Always …

Landscaping

DIY - How to Make Outdoor Bench - Quiet Corner

Every porch needs a bench, at least that’s what Steve and I decided the other day. Actually Steve has had the concept for this bench in his head for …

Woodworking

Clark Howard

Listen Now: Recent Episodes<p>Download Episode Clark Howard 4.27.18 Topics: Clark Stinks; The best airlines and hotels…Read more<p>Download Episode Clark …

Key Lime Pie with Chocolate-Almond Crust

“I’ve learned how to bake without proper tools but nothing replaces the Microplane for doing things like grating lime zest,” says teen blogger and …

The Best Flower Arranging Tricks We Know

There's a difference between shoving flowers into a vase and crafting an artful arrangement. That difference is mostly three things: Knowledge, …

The best tips and tools to get the most out of Netflix

Netflix can either be your best friend or your worst nightmare. When you’re halfway through a seven-season TV series or have a list of must-watch …

Entertainment

Raise Chickens Easily and Naturally with These Free Videos

Justin Rhodes is a permaculture homesteader in North Carolina who focuses his work on finding the best, most sustainable, most natural way to raise …

How to Build a Potato Tower or Other Easy Spud Planter

You might think that growing potatoes is the kind of thing you need a lot of time, attention, and garden space to undertake. But the opposite is actually true. All you really need is a container of some sort, a few seed potatoes, some compost and fertilizer, and regular watering. I’ve seen people …

8 Gardening Apps Every Green Thumb Should Know

They'll make your time in the garden so much easier.<p>Gardening is supposed to be a time to unplug from the tech-heavy world we live in. And while that may be true to an extent, putting your phone to work for you and your garden can actually make the experience less stressful and your greenery more …

Lessons from an Urban Back Yard Food Forest Experiment - The Permaculture Research Institute

<i>Editor’s Note: Some of you may remember my Magic in Melbourne post, where I covered the back yard of a certain urban wizard named Angelo, and his</i> …