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

by Stephen Morris                         1000508 568

(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 571

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 517

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.


Hoop Houses: Eat from Your Garden Earlier and Longer

by                          1000494 1179

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:


Farm to School: the ABCs of Fresh Food

by Katie Cordrey                         1000492 638

An innovative effort to bring locally-grown foods to Oregon's school children and to help them understand where their food comes from received a big thumbs-up when the Oregon State Legislature unanimously passed House Bill 2800 in July.



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by various Green Living folks                         1000380 2824

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