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1. Making your home more efficient.  A large article by Mother Earth News on increasing the efficiency of your home.  Take a look also, at my blog entry under energy efficient building for more ideas.
 
"It's not easy being green..."

2. Crop rotations.  Early in my gardening career, I poured over my Back to Basics book and would make detailed outlines of my garden.  Partly an out-grown of my type-A personality and mad-organization skills and part a desire to make sure that I had an effective crop rotation plan. Mother Earth News reminded me of this in their article.  Basically, the first few pages are good if you're not familiar with rotation gardening, but the last page is what's most useful for me -- a reminder of the nine main groups of plant families that we commonly cultivate.  Additionally, it's a bit of a reason to plant and utilize more of certain families to even our the square-foot representation of each family in our garden and make our rotations a bit easier.  (Yay for more sunflower seeds!)
  • Onion family: onions, garlic, leeks and shallots
  • Carrot family: carrots, celery, parsley and parsnips
  • Sunflower family: lettuce, sunflowers and a few other leafy greens
  • Cabbage family: cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and many other leafy greens, as well as rutabagas and kohlrabi
  • Spinach family: beets and chard
  • Cucumber family: cucumbers, melons, squash and gourds
  • Pea family: peas and beans
  • Grass family: corn, wheat, oats and rye
  • Tomato family: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and potatoes

3. Home-grown Flour.  An interesting website on planting, growing, harvesting, and milling your own flour.  Maybe one day I'll give it a shot.... An article on winnowing and threshing wheat--the sheet idea looks pretty fun, to be honest! :) (How to Make Flour)  And wouldn't you know, after I started researching, Mother Earth News came out with an article on it as well! :)  Personally, I still like the winnowing with a sheet idea better.

4. What to plant WHEN?  Mother Earth News has a handy guide for keeping track of what to plant and when in your garden.  Just click on the zone, then click on the month!  Happy Gardening!


 5. Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day.  An interesting concept that I'd like to try. There's a book by this name and here's a link their website/blog.  If I could make bread in truly that small amount of time, I'd be in HEAVEN!  I HATE kneading bread!  Here's their "master" recipe!  I'll have to give it a try here soon! :)

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