The Other Beer Garden
Gardening
Gardening

The Other “Beer Garden”

Nailia Schwarz / Shutterstock.com I brewed my first batch of beer in 1993, when homebrewing was still mostly the weird pursuit of guys in tie-dye, graying beards, and ponytails. For two years I endured questions ranging from callow Read More

Straw Bale Garden Update Mark Johanson
Gardening
Gardening

Straw Bale Garden Update

Mark Johanson With my cover planting of spinach done for the season, I put the available space to use for some transplanted marigolds, a jalapeno, and a bell pepper plant that had been growing in my greenhouse. I have entered what I'm Read More

How to Speak Goat the whole goat handbook janet hurst
Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

How to Speak Goat

Sure, most people know that the offspring of a goat is called a kid. But do you know the name of a simple cheese made from goat milk? (Hint: it's not cheddar). Or what to call a goat that cannot grow horns? One of the first steps to Read More

A Visual Guide to Honey The Beginner's Guide to Beekeeping
Farming + Rural Living
Farming + Rural Living

A Visual Guide to Honey

Daniel Johnson/Fox Hill Photo If you stop to consider the vast array of blossoms and plants that worker bees visit during their foraging trips, it really isn't surprising that the color of honey varies as well. As you've likely noticed, Read More

Happy Accidents in the Garden Bryan Trandem
Gardening
Gardening

Happy Accidents in the Garden

Bryan Trandem Close to forty years of gardening have taught me one lesson, if nothing else: some of the happiest results in the garden can be entirely accidental. But for them to happen, you need to have an open mind and watch for Read More

Straw Bale Garden Update Mark Johanson
Gardening
Gardening

Straw Bale Garden Update

Mark Johanson Cool Springs Press authors Mel Bartholomew (All New Square Foot Gardening) and Joel Karsten (Straw Bale Gardens) are both positively evangelical about their approaches to growing food, and they met for the first time at Cool Read More

Egg Machines Busy, Chatty, and Slightly Stinky how to raise chickens
Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

Egg Machines: Busy, Chatty, and Slightly Stinky

Christine Heinrichs This mixed flock includes Silver Laced Wyandottes, Buff Ameraucanas, and other breeds. Without a rooster, the eggs will not be fertile and can be sold as free-range eggs. One Christmas we found ourselves in a former Read More

Choosing Your First Rabbits the rabbit book
Pets + Animals
Pets + Animals

Choosing Your First Rabbits

Daniel Johnson/Fox Hill Photo A trio (a buck and two does of the same breed) is an excellent way to get started with a small-scale bunny breeding program. Choose quality individuals with traits that are compatible. If you plan to raise Read More

Straw Bale Garden Update Mark Johanson
Gardening
Gardening

Straw Bale Garden Update

Mark Johanson Who moved my spinach? A week or two ago the spinach plants were smallish but relatively healthy. Now they have largely disappeared, and the ones that remain have bolted. While most of the plants in my straw bale garden are Read More

Good Folks Bruce and Sharon Asakawa
Gardening
Gardening

Good Folks: Bruce and Sharon Asakawa

Bruce and Sharon Asakawa I consider myself lucky to have met—and learned from—Bruce and Sharon Asakawa. They are legends in the plant world, especially in their home state of California. Bruce "grew up" in the nursery business, as his Read More

How to Work with Building Inspectors
Home Repair + Improvement
Home Repair + Improvement

How to Work with Building Inspectors

olivier / Shutterstock.com The first time I visited the Department of Safety & Inspections, I was very nervous. My plan was to build a 200-square-foot addition to my house and to do all the work myself, from pouring the footings to Read More