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

by Stephen Morris                         1000508 75

(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 66

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 77

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 137

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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Permaculture for the Home Landscape

by Ron Dellapenna                         1000320 769

The permaculture landscape takes an ecosystem approach, where components provide multiple uses and there is a wide diversity of species. As in natural ecosystems, more complexity means more resilience


A New Hydroponics Primer

by Jay Potter                         1000265 734

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


The Economics of Garlic

by Stephen Morris                         1000369 652

There are lots of reasons to grow and eat garlic. But now we’ve found a new one ... money!


Composting -- Natural Recycling!

by Kitty Bertlin                         1000203 641

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Next year in the garden

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The Sacred Economics of Cow Keeping

by Bill Giebler                         1000489 615

Some of the local boys would manage three large compost beds, positively affecting the whole community. The boys would make money by making rich organic compost...


How to Organize a Community Seed Swap

by Tabitha Alterman                         1000329 569

The most valuable aspect of attending a seed swap may actually be the chance to glean local wisdom about what works — or doesn’t work — in your shared gardening microclimate.


Garlic Makes It Good

by Pat Crocker                         1000259 566

Regular readers know how we feel about garlic. Not only is it the spice of life and the foundation of all wealth, it tastes good.


Beyond Organic

by Kellie Gordon                         1000362 555


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Mowing Down Pollution

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How do you Eat, Drink, and Be Merry?

by various Green Living folks                         1000380 487

Ten Simple Steps to Ecological Lawn Care

by Stephen Morris                         1032 483

The Scoop on Poop

by Madeline Bodin                         1000210 474

Farm to School: the ABCs of Fresh Food

by Katie Cordrey                         1000492 471

A Seedy Guy

by Stephen Morris                         1055 447

Pruning: Essential for Healthy Trees

by Linda Pinkham                         9151 446

The Scoop on Dirt

by Tamsyn Jones                         1000204 425

Not Yer Average Farmer

by Stephen Morris                         1058 417

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Enlightened Chick

by Kathleen Jarschke-Shultze                         1000189 390

Leftover Straw Gets New Life

by Marcia Wood                         1000170 367

What’s a plant to do?

by Michael J. Caduto                         1000026 360

Landscaping for Wildlife

by Ron Dellapenna                         1000209 360

Horse Power for Organic Farms

by Ken Laing                         9108 263

Wake Up Skin and Hair with Refreshing Tea

by Janice Cox                         1000307 214

Lose Your Lawn

by Stephen Morris                         1028 124

The Pond Guy: review of Landscaping Earth Ponds

by Stephen Morris                         9136 91

Sweet Days Almost Upon Us

by Stephen Morris                         1023 87

Humans Caught in Crossfire in the The War on Bugs

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