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Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

3 Easy Training Skills for Your Puppy

Anyone who’s had a puppy treat a trash can like an archaeological dig or trot away happily when you say “come” knows that puppy training is hard work. Introducing a behavior once won’t do it; consistent training based on positive Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

4 Inspired Cleaners to Make at Home for Pennies

Save money and avoid harmful chemicals by making your own cleaners at home. Instead of paying full price for surface wipes, hand sanitizer, laundry soap, and even toilet bowl cleaner, look to the tried-and-true know-how in The Country Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

Stay Green with Upcycling

Bring your garden to life with three easy upcycling DIY projects that repurpose simple materials into flourishing green spaces and support the pollinators who rely on—and nurture--your garden. Shade Pallet Garden from Grow a Living Read More

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Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

How Do Straw Bale Gardens Work?

We’ve been enthusiastically talking about Straw Bale Gardening for a while now – Joel Karsten started a revolution for gardeners everywhere, and his ground-breaking methods (that don’t actually involve breaking literal ground!) have Read More

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Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Home Repair Tips Every Renter Should Know: Countertops

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been a renter. And now keep your hand in the air if your countertops were laminate. No, it’s not a cool survey question, but if your hand’s up, you are in good company: laminate countertops are one of the most Read More

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Uncategorized

How to Find Your Own Salvaged Materials

Using salvaged materials can save you money, help the environment, and be fun to hunt down. Hunting down the salvaged materials may be difficult, and take a little more research on your part, but that makes the finds more rewarding. Read More

Square Foot Gardening High-Value Veggies. Photo: Paul Markert
Gardening
Gardening

10 Best Vegetables to Grow with Kids

One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating habits for kids is to bring them into the garden, introducing them to the sensory experience, patience, play, and reward of nurturing a plant from seed to plate. Experiencing vegetables as a Read More

Deck & Patio Furnishings: Seating, Dining, Wind & Sun Screens, Storage, Entertaining & More
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

Make a Rolling Planter Container Garden

Follow along step-by-step as author Michael R. Johnson explains how to build an elegant, rolling planter in Deck & Patio Furnishings. Fill it with veggies, container plants, or even your favorite cold beverage! A raised planter Read More

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Gardening
Gardening

The Guide to Companion Planting

Some plants grow well together, others not so much. Companion planting is planting what works together in adjacent plots, and making sure plants that don’t grow well are far away from each other. It is important to keep this in mind when Read More

A scarecrow could help to ward off opportunistic birds of prey.
Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

How to Keep Your Chicks Safe

Chicken keeping is becoming more and more popular as sustainability efforts increase. However, keeping chickens comes with some problems you might not expect. One problem is how to protect your chicken, especially the young chicks, from Read More

Illinois, Indiana & Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening Guide
Gardening
Gardening

How to Grow Perennials from Cuttings

There’s something so rewarding and encouraging about perennials. Their name says it all: they’ll be back year after year, which is exactly what we count on by the time autumn and winter have turned the landscape gray and barren and it’s Read More