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The Great Debate ... A Tale of Two Pea Fences

by Stephen Morris                         1000508 256

(Editor's note: this is a “golden oldie,” having been published previously in Green Living several years ago. The message is just a relevant today.)

My neighbor, Sam, and I agree on politics, religion, and government. We have the same outlooks on the economy and the innate nature of the human species. We even root for the same baseball team and are card-carrying members of the Red Sox Nation. Where we part way is on pea fences.

This can be an emotion charged subject and discussions can get ugly. Turn the page if you do not have the stomach for a bare-fisted discussion of pea fences.


A Seedy Affair ... The Economic Alternative

by Stephen Morris                         1000507 273

This is a titillating story, but only for gardeners.

Many residents on my road have home vegetable gardens. You know this because in late August you can see wheelbarrows beside driveways filled with oblong, green baseball bats with hand-scribbled signs “Free Zucchini. Take them ... Please!” One year someone tried “Free Zucchini. Take them ... or else!”


By the Numbers:20 Uses for Coffee Grounds

by Stephen Morris                         1000504 273

Instead of dumping coffee grounds into the trash, put them to work around the house. Here are 20 creative ways to use coffee grounds in your home and garden.


Use Wood Mulch to Build Great Garden Soil

by Barbara Pleasant                         1000495 1712

Most organic gardeners find that following nature's patterns serves them well. When it comes to building richer soil, nature's plan relies heavily on trees -- fallen limbs, leaves, cones, seeds and, eventually, the massive trunks. Adapting this plan to your garden by using a wood mulch -- such as wood chips, sawdust or other woody residues -- as soil-building material is a strategy that promises huge, long-term returns.


Hoop Houses: Eat from Your Garden Earlier and Longer

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Hoop houses are a great do-it-yourself project that can make it possible for you to garden all year long. They can also be used for storage, as a temporary garage, or even as a workshop. They are inexpensive, easy to construct and when completed they also:



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10 Tips for buying an Outdoor Fireplace

by Stephen Morris                         1056 10754

Before purchasing a chiminea, outdoor fireplace, or open firepit, there are many factors to consider.


How do you Eat, Drink, and Be Merry?

by various Green Living folks                         1000380 2415

We asked people from the world of Green Living what is their favorite way to eat, drink, and be merry during the holiday season. Here are their responses:


Wake Up Skin and Hair with Refreshing Tea

by Janice Cox                         1000307 2308

Japanese research has shown tea to be effective against free radicals, which cause our bodies to age...


Horse Power for Organic Farms

by Ken Laing                         9108 2018

If we are dependent on non renewable energy for the production and distribution of our great organic food, stop the tractor...


Lose Your Lawn

by Stephen Morris                         1028 1942

Whose idea of sanity is it to pump fresh water from ancient aquifers so we can make the desert look like the rain forest?


The Pond Guy: review of Landscaping Earth Ponds

by Stephen Morris                         9136 1860

Others might have opted for electricity, a well, or a barn, but Matson chose a pond. Ponds give you an excuse to invite girls over for skinny dipping, says Matson.


Humans Caught in Crossfire in the The War on Bugs

by A.C. Hutchinson                         1000205 1686

The War on Bugs documents the consistent and systematic poisoning of humans that has taken place over more than the past century, usually under the guise of progress...


Sweet Days Almost Upon Us

by Stephen Morris                         1023 1376

Burr captures the flavors of the sugar house perfectly on the printed page.


A New Hydroponics Primer

by Jay Potter                         1000265 1304

There have been many new gardeners in the shop interested in soil-less, or hydroponic, gardening.


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Beyond Organic

by Kellie Gordon                         1000362 1288

Permaculture for the Home Landscape

by Ron Dellapenna                         1000320 1233

The Sacred Economics of Cow Keeping

by Bill Giebler                         1000489 1196

Composting -- Natural Recycling!

by Kitty Bertlin                         1000203 1132

How to Organize a Community Seed Swap

by Tabitha Alterman                         1000329 968

The Economics of Garlic

by Stephen Morris                         1000369 884

The Scoop on Poop

by Madeline Bodin                         1000210 883

Next year in the garden

by Stephen Morris                         9107 798

Mowing Down Pollution

by Ed Smith                         1000332 788

Pruning: Essential for Healthy Trees

by Linda Pinkham                         9151 772

Garlic Makes It Good

by Pat Crocker                         1000259 769

Farm to School: the ABCs of Fresh Food

by Katie Cordrey                         1000492 751

Ten Simple Steps to Ecological Lawn Care

by Stephen Morris                         1032 750

Not Yer Average Farmer

by Stephen Morris                         1058 728

The Scoop on Dirt

by Tamsyn Jones                         1000204 700

A Seedy Guy

by Stephen Morris                         1055 636

Leftover Straw Gets New Life

by Marcia Wood                         1000170 581

Landscaping for Wildlife

by Ron Dellapenna                         1000209 574

What’s a plant to do?

by Michael J. Caduto                         1000026 550

Enlightened Chick

by Kathleen Jarschke-Shultze                         1000189 530

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