White chicken (Laetiporus cincinnatus)
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

The Complete Mushroom Hunter: Chicken-of-the-Woods

Do you know your mushrooms? Are you new to the allure of mushroom hunting? For novices and gurus and everyone in between, Gary Lincoff’s The Complete Mushroom Hunter, Revised safely and expertly introduces readers to the fascinating world Read More

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Sustainable Living

Water-Thrifty, Drought-Resistant Plants

As we strive to create flourishing landscapes—both in our own small spaces and in our communities at large—we are faced with diminishing natural resources on a very large scale. The traditional model of large, thirsty lawns and paved Read More

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Sustainable Living

How to Build a Granite-Slab Kitchen Island

Working with reclaimed materials is a great way to save money and help the environment. Building with Secondhand Stuff shows you how to upcycle and work with found materials to create unique pieces for your home and garden. This Read More

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Sustainable Living

How to Grow a Crystal Garden at Home

Learn how to make your own crystal garden using just a few common materials (and some safety goggles), thanks to the Mother Earth News Almanac. Wear safety goggles. Get yourself a brick, cover with a cloth—so the fragments won’t Read More

Solar-powered house. DIY Solar Projects by Eric Smith
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Sustainable Living

Finding the Solar Electric System That Works for You

Most homeowners know the pain of a high electric bill during the summer and early fall months. Between running an air conditioner, a dehumidifier, and your usual lights and appliances, a summer heat wave can quickly turn into an Read More

The key to creating a successful home landscape with native plants is to understand the natural plant communities that once covered your part of the country and work toward successfully incorporating them into your gardens and landscape. Nature is truly the best garden designer, and you will never go wrong if you attempt to imitate it. This garden in Texas includes ‘Henry Deulberg’ blue salvia, Turk’s cap (Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii), redflower false yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora), big muhly grass (Muhlenbergia lindheimer), little bluestem, and blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum). Photo: Catriona Erler / Grow Native
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Sustainable Living

What are Native Plants and Why Should We Use Them?

Maybe you’re familiar with native plants and the multifaceted roles they play in our ecosystem, or like many of us, maybe you’re somewhat new to their many benefits. Some of us tend to think of wildflowers when we hear the term “native Read More

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Sustainable Living

How to Reclaim a Cast Iron Skillet

Typically, when you have questions about topics ranging from “how do I invest my money” to “how do I make the perfect scrambled eggs,” you turn to a wide range of sources. You seek out tips, advice, how-to guides, and maybe even your Read More

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Sustainable Living

Mushroom Hunting Equipment

Not long ago mushrooms were seen as having little nutritional value. They were added to salads, in sauces, or on pizza. Recently, mushrooms have been shown to have nutritonal and medicinal benefits. Many of these types of mushrooms can be Read More

Chicken (Laetiporus sulphureus)
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

Hunt for Mushrooms in Your Backyard

Finding your food in nature can be incredibly gratifying. Sustainable living is a great life style, but only if you're being as safe as you can be. Acquiring your food in the wild is a great idea but it can become dangerous when it comes to Read More

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Sustainable Living

Beekeeping: Solutions to Varroa Mites

Pollinators are essential to our environment, and beekeeping can be incredibly satisfying. But sometimes disaster can strike and you need somewhere to turn. A lot of issues can arise when dealing with a live colony of bees. One of the most Read More

This rain barrel overflows with captured rain often in spring and summer, supplying water for container gardens and greenhouse plants. Water runoff from the swamp cooler in summer is captured in the barrel and waters a small postage stamp-sized lawn by connecting a soaker hose to the spigot. Photo: Diana Maranhao / Water-Smart Gardening
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Sustainable Living

How to Install a Rain Barrel

Why consider using a rain barrel? The water that results from just ½-inch of rainfall falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof amounts to over 280 gallons of water. Not only is that amount of water going to offset water use in the landscape (by Read More

The clustered habit and unforked gills of the jack-o’-lantern (Omphalotus illudens), a poisonous look-alike. Photo credit: Gary Lincoff / The Complete Mushroom Hunter
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Sustainable Living

Hunting Chanterelle Mushrooms

Following the guidelines outlined in Gary Lincoff’s book, The Complete Mushroom Hunter, gathering your own mushrooms in the wild offers a way to enhance the flavors and textures of the meals you now make, allowing you to incorporate a Read More