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

Straw Bale Garden Update
Gardening
Gardening

Straw Bale Garden Update

Mark Johanson The potatoes have found their way up through the bale, and the plants are getting large quickly. I wish I could watch what's happening inside the bale. Growing vegetables involves a leap of faith, which is one of the Read More

My 4 Favorite Sustainability and Repurposing Blogs
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

My 4 Favorite Sustainability and Repurposing Blogs

ollyy / Shutterstock.com As I've written previously, I'm really into the whole repurposing and sustainability ethos. There are a lot of things I've repurposed to try to have a small footprint and make sustainable living an everyday part of Read More

A Quick Guide to Plastics Building with Secondhand Stuff by Chris Peterson Creative Publishing international, 2011
Sustainable Living
Sustainable Living

A Quick Guide to Plastics

Chones / Shutterstock.com Most communities have decent recycling programs, some of which are non-sortable and can cut your trash by a full 60 percent or more—but there are still moments when I agonize over the materials that get thrown Read More

Straw Bale Garden Update
Gardening
Gardening

Straw Bale Garden Update

Mark Johanson Finally this spinach plant and the other plants in my straw bale garden are getting a bit of sunshine that is almost summer-like, and they are loving it. Weeds would be loving it too, but luckily in a SBG, weeds are a Read More