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August/September 2021

MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine is the Original Guide to Living Wisely. Launched in 1970, each bimonthly issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS features practical and money-saving information on cutting energy costs; using renewable energy; organic gardening; green home building and remodeling; fun do-it-yourself projects; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles

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United States
Ogden Publications, Inc.
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
unexpected opportunities

I recently read that the pandemic-driven recession was quite different from others of recent times, and that one of the more notable results was that a record number of businesses had been started. In another article, I learned that a record number of telecommuting employees were quitting, rather than go back to the daily commute and office or factory life. I read in yet another article that many businesses were having difficulty finding, much less hiring, employees. Businesses that typically pay poorly were having a particularly difficult time with hiring, but even businesses that paid well but required folks to be on-site were having trouble. This all seems counterintuitive to me at first glance. Aren’t we supposed to be grateful for any scrap of a job as we come out…

1 min
beautiful spring blooming bulbs

Let us help get your garden blooming with our distinctive spring blooming bulbs. We are pleased to offer the finest flowering bulbs from Europe for fall planting. Visit our online Bulb Gallery today! Please circle the number(s) on the Reader Service Card attached below to indicate the information requested. Information is free unless otherwise indicated on this page. 1-800-852-5243 bluestoneperennials.com…

3 min

MAKING PLANT MEDICINE Published in 2000, Making Plant Medicine has become a preferred herbal reference for learning to make standard herbal tinctures, teas, syrups, oils, salves, and poultices. The formulary still includes such important favorites as: arnica, astragalus, burdock, calendula, dandelion, echinacea, elecampane, gentian, goldenseal, hawthorn, ma-huang, jiao-gu-lan, lobelia, nettles, sage, stevia, and St. John's wort. The fourth edition includes 28 new herbs, including aloe vera, andrographis, Ashitaba, brahmi, Chameleon plant, hops, osha, and rhodiola. #8037 $24.95 Member: $21.21 CERTIFIED ORGANIC WORM CASTINGS If you want to have rich, nutritious soil for plants, it’s crucial to use high-quality, organic compost! This compost is organically made in Tennessee. Your plants are going to love this organic compost, and you are going to enjoy a fruitful, prosperous garden! Please allow two weeks for delivery. Available for…

3 min
basic portable sawmill maintenance: blade care

I’m interested in milling my own wood. Can you give me some tips for keeping my sawmill blade in good shape? Many people hope to build a home using their own milled wood. Those who live on wooded acreage or have access to raw wood stock can experience the satisfaction this rewarding endeavor can bring. But between felling trees, milling, drying, and storing lumber, the experience can quickly become more expensive and less convenient than purchasing standard frame lumber from a commercial retailer. Still, if you’d like to experience the satisfaction of building with your own milled wood, then a well-maintained sawmill will assist you in the process. These basic maintenance tips are for smaller operations. Assuming that all safety guidelines are followed, let’s start where many woodcraft dreams are made: At the…

12 min
dear mother

“I’ve already accessed the articles a couple of times, looking for advice to help me with my new container garden. Thanks for offering your great magazine on an easy-to-access flash drive.” Archive to the Rescue I used to have so many books and magazines — including a complete collection of MOTHER EARTH NEWS from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, and on — that I had to rent storage space to hold them all. In fact, in the early ‘80s, I discovered a box at a yard sale full of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, issues No. 1 through 25. (They’re what got me started reading your wonderful magazine.) Unfortunately, last October, someone broke into my storage unit and completely emptied it out! All of my precious books and magazines are gone forever! I’ve seen the ads…

1 min
photos from the field

SHOW US! Share your unique perspective with our community by submitting photos of inviting gardens, nutritious foods, wild animals, and more to the MOTHER SHOW US! EARTH NEWS Photo Group on Flickr (www.Flickr.com/Groups/MotherEarthNewsPhotos/Pool). We’ll feature our favorites here and online!…