Sustainable Living

Build Homemade Tomato Cages

Tomatoes are the most popular home garden crop , so as the gardening season approaches, many gardeners are planning how best to support their …

Gardening

Backup Power is the Beginning of Living Off Grid - Renewable Energy

In recent months, we have seen the plight of millions of families as they struggle to cope without the power grid and this is becoming much more …

Renewable Energy

Learning on the Homestead - Homesteading and Livestock

"The Ultimate Guide to Skinning and Tanning" by Monte Burch was a book I read when learning how to tan hides. On the left is a skinning knife with a …

Simple Living

How to Make Maple Syrup - Real Food

Last week, I wrote about the joys of backyard maple syrup making - the knowing-we-can-do-it satisfaction I get from making my own syrup. In this …

Maple Syrup

Embroidering Rose Flowers - DIY

<i>A celebrated Japanese textile artist and avid gardener,</i> Embroidered Garden Flowers: Botanical Motifs for Needle and Thread <i>(Roost Books, 2017), by</i></i> …

Flowers

Uses for Wood Shavings: Make a Drawer Freshener - DIY

For my woodworking projects, I like to whittle butter knives and spoons from juniper wood. The wood shavings smell so wonderful that it would be a …

Simple Living

Using Scrap Wood in the Garden - Organic Gardening

While clearing land for additional garden space, we stockpiled a tremendous amount of branches and pine logs. We wanted more than a vegetable plot …

Gardening

Pomegranate: A Drought-Tolerant Option for the Arid Home Garden – Organic Gardening

In his book, Pomegranate Roads: A Soviet Botanist’s Exile from Eden, author and pomegranate expert Gregory Levin expounds upon the virtues of this …

Gardening

How to Stop Your Bathroom from Wasting Energy - Green Homes

The bathroom is typically the smallest room in the house, making it easy to overlook when seeking out energy savings. But it’s also the room where …

Simple Living

How to Tell if a Community is Fit for the "Good Life" - Nature and Environment - MOTHER EARTH NEW

<i>The Pines playing at a</i> Driftless Books, <i>a tobacco warehouse that has been converted into a used book store with more books on the shelves than in many</i> …

Joni Mitchell

Mercury: Research on the Environmental Neurotoxin’s Link to Dementia - Natural Health

<i>The epidemic of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease effects countless numbers of families worldwide, mine included. In an effort to understand the root</i> …

Dementia

Tips to Assemble a Hobby Bee Hive Kit - Homesteading and Livestock

As homesteaders going on year three, we decided to start our journey as beekeepers.<p>It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each …

Gardening

Making Mulch with Permaculture Design - Homesteading and Livestock

<i>Use greywater diversion to expedite the production of valuable mulch.</i><p>By Dave Jacke<br>Sponsored by Permaculture Design Publishing<br>January 2018<p>Permaculture …

Simple Living

Exciting Pepper Varieties and Where to Find Seeds – Organic Gardening

It’s that exciting seed catalog time of the year, and all us gardeners are overcome with S.A.D. No, not depression — we all have Seed Acquisition …

Gardening

Butchering Your Own Meat - Real Food

If you have not grown up learning how to slaughter and butcher your own meat the prospect of it might be overwhelming. When we made the choice as a …

Meat

All About Apples - Organic Gardening

<i>Learn about the development of different apple varieties and the role of apples in American history.</i><p>January 2018<br>Text and Illustration by Roger</i> …

Gardening

Shed Light on the Value of Solar with these Solar Calculators - Renewable Energy

Solar calculators help you determine whether solar panels installed at your home or business will save money over electricity pulled from the grid. …

Renewable Energy

Coloring Wood Using Natural Dyes - DIY

<i>Use these natural dye recipes to make your woodworking shine.</i><p>By Brian Miller and Marci Crestani<br>Photography by Marc Carter<br>December 2017<p><i>Cover courtesy</i> …

Hair

Inviting Chickadees Into The Orchard - Nature and Environment

Where we live in Canada, an orchard in late spring is a polar opposite to an orchard in midwinter. In spring the colour green predominates and bird …

Nature

The Northern Raccoon An Opportunistic Omnivore - Nature and Environment

The Encyclopedia of Animal Predators <i>(Storey Publishing, 2017), by Janet Vorwald Dohner provides information on over 50 predators and teaches readers</i> …

Simple Living

Taking on Debt to Finance a Dream - Homesteading and Livestock

Greenhorns: The Next Generation of American Farmers 50 Dispatches from the New Farmers' Movement <i>(Storey Publishing, 2012), by Zoë Ida Bradbury,</i> …

Farming

Roy's Calais Flint Corn and its Varieties - Organic Gardening

We were looking for any corn that would grow at altitude in the cold, dry Rockies. Roy's Calais is a Northeast flint. We took a chance on one of its …

Gardening

Gallows Harvest Beer Recipe - Real Food

The book Against All Hops: Techniques and Philosophy for Creating Extraordinary Botanical Beers (Page Street Publishing, 2017) by Butch Heilshorn …

Simple Living

Healing with Herbs: A Guide to Medicinal Herb Teas - Natural Health

Ever wish you could drink a cup of magic potion to alleviate that headache or soothe those nerves after a long, exhausting day? Herb teas, called …

Herbs

Tapping Backyard Trees for Maple Syrup - Real Food

One fine spring day a few years back when my husband was cutting down some errant trees, he noticed sap pouring from the stumps. He wondered whether …

Maple Syrup

Spanish Paella Recipe - Real Food

1. Heat a paella pan or large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil. When hot and shimmering, carefully lay the chicken thighs, skin …

Seafood

Probiotics For the Soil: Brew Your Own Local, Indigenous Microbes - Organic Gardening

The importance of soil health was recently emphasized by Robert Kremer in his presentation to the Cover Crop Research Symposium in Columbia, …

Gardening

Homemade Sauerkraut, Fresh Eggs and Potatoes: Recipe for Reuben Hash - Real Food

Prepare a unique breakfast dish using your homemade sauerkraut, fresh eggs and potatoes with this recipe that’s adapted from a brunch dish, Reuben …

Brunch

Growing a Vegetable-Noodle Garden for Delicious Meals - Organic Gardening

Generally, healthy substitutes in recipes fall short of their traditional counterparts. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and 100% vegetable alternatives …

Gardening

How to Coppice Trees for Sustainable Firewood - Homesteading and Livestock

<i>You can grow firewood in a fraction of the time it takes to raise a tree from seed.</i><p>February / March 2018<br>By Brett McLeod<p><i>Illustration courtesy Keith</i> …

Gardening