Chris Fletcher

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Wise Pairings: Best Flowers to Plant with Vegetables - Organic Gardening

As you plant flowers in the vegetable garden, play with colors and textures as the author does in her beautiful central California edible</i> …

Organic Gardening

How to grow chillies | Alys Fowler

Our gardening expert on the rewards to be reaped by early sowers<p>Let’s face it, January is a dark and dastardly month: sowing most things is pointless. But theexception is chillies. Sure, the seed packages say sow in March, but you want to be potting them on by then. The longer you give chillies to …

Gardening

A house made with only Pallets. And the plans for it cost $75

Amazing, but true. And you can actually order one now!<p>This fantastic pallet home, built by i-beam designs, and it’s plans costs only $75. But what is …

Backyard Garden Boxes - on the Cheap!

<b>My family decided to create some backyard, above-ground, garden boxes since the soil where we live is rock-hard and not easily manageable. We wanted</b> …

Van solar panel installation and wiring

I was lucky to inherit two 100w solar panels with the van – they just need to be wired in.<p>I used an external waterproof junction box mounted on the …

Solar Panels

Know Your Stuff: The 110 Best DIY Tips Ever

For Popular Mechanics' 110th anniversary, we decided to do something special: We dived into our archives to find the 110 best, handiest, and most helpful tips ever printed in PM. It's more than a century of DIY wisdom. (You can read the introduction to the project here.)<p>For <i>Popular Mechanics</i>' 110th …

Hazelwood Homes — Coming Soon

How-To: Homemade Just-Add-Hot-Water Instant Noodles Lunches

Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt<p>It’s about time for the leaves to start changing color and the air to get chilly, so it might be nice to whip yourself up some hot lunches to bring to work with you, along with a toasty cup of green tea. An electric kettle or microwave are all you’ll need to cook …

10 Houses Made from Repurposed Shipping Containers

We like the idea of a shipping container as vacation getaway—it’s mobile, inexpensive, and an example of creative reuse at its best. Here, we’ve …

Home Improvement

DIY: Dried Vegetables, Colonial Style

An autumn tradition in my family, our annual walk on the “Battlefield Road” retraces the footsteps of Paul Revere from Lexington to Concord. Here, in …

New England

Gorgeous Wooden Table Built Using Only Hand Tools

So, what do you get your significant other for your 20-year anniversary? Traditionally, it’s usually something made from porcelain or platinum like dinnerware or jewelry. If you’re a craftsman like Chris (from Chop With Chris fame), you build an incredible dining room table made from reclaimed wood …

Homemade Laundry Detergent

<i>I’ve been using this homemade laundry detergent for almost three years now. I’ve shared it with many friends and the “recipe” has been requested</i> …

Hand Stamped Necklace Tutorial {DIY Gift}

<b>Hand Stamped Initial Necklace {DIY Gift}</b><p><b>Learn how to make your own hand stamped jewelry and create amazing gifts for any occasion.</b> It’s the perfect …

6 Edible ground cover plants for backyards and gardens

Our modern love affair with grass lawns is somewhat at odds with many of our efforts to conserve water and energy in our yards, along with our desire …

Urban Gardening: Shade-Tolerant Herbs to Grow in Your Apartment

Buttermilk biscuits with chive butter, egg salad with ribbons of tarragon, iced tea with fresh mint. There are many reasons to love fresh herbs. …

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead

Everyone will have a different approach to keeping a self-sufficient homestead, and it’s unlikely that any two 1-acre farms will follow the same plan …

A Solar Cabin in Two Weeks for $2,000 - Green Homes

I built my cabin about 15 years ago after a divorce and sudden illness left me homeless and broke. I had inherited a small piece of land from my …