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

by Stephen Morris                         1000508

(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

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

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

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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