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Sustainable Living

Make Homemade Butter in a Mason Jar

The first factory in the United States dedicated exclusively to making butter was established in 1856 in Orange County, New York. It was owned by one R. W. Woodhull, and the butter maker’s name was George George. (So nice, he was named Read More

Sustainable systems, like this old-growth forest, are self-perpetuating sponges. They are built to capture and hold onto sunlight and water. Nutrients are continually recycled between the active soil ecosystem below ground and the productive forest above ground, maintaining a productive, layered, and diverse forest ecosystem.
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Sustainable Living

The Philosophy of the Soil Sponge

Learning about soil health can be like cannon-balling into the deep end of a pool: there’s a lot to learn, and the details can get complex very fast. You know you need to care for your soil, but how do you know where to begin? Elizabeth Read More

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Sustainable Living

DIY Solar Drying Rack

Whether you live in a sunny, hot climate, or a slightly cooler area, you can dry your own fruits and vegetables without expensive, complicated appliances. Building a drying rack is easier than you may think. Below are all the tools, Read More

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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

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

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

The berm in the background forms the walls of the basin. A rain garden survives on water runoff from the berm and from rainwater captured in the basin. / Water-Smart Gardening
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Sustainable Living

How to Make a Rain Garden

As Diana Maranhao explains in Water-Smart Gardening, we are (slowly but surely) becoming wiser about preserving and protecting our water resources. The underlying goal of creating a water-smart landscape is creating healthy environments in Read More

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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