Land Girls

...oth photos and graphics from the period are fantastic: U.K. women in working the plow, and workin’ some fine style, too. Women volunteering in an Oregon hops field . They look so happy (and stripey)! Were they paid in beer? We’d never heard about the WLA prior to today–which is astonishing and a little sad–and stranger still, of all sources, we have the louche Chap magazine to thank for this increase in knowledge. They r...

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Making It

...ctivities done in the home, in the garden and out on the streets. Provides step-by-step instructions for a wide range of projects, from building a 99-cent solar oven to making your own laundry soap to instructions for brewing beer. Making It is the go-to source for post-consumer living activities that are fun, inexpensive and eminently doable. Our goal in this book was to provide really stripped down, simple projects that use only inexpensive, ea...

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Busting open a Durian

Via Mark Frauenfelder over on BoingBoing, a trailer for Adam Leith Gollner’s entertaining book, The Fruit Hunters: Is their something about being an older white man of a certain age and exotic fruit? Mrs. Homegrown has become concerned about Mr. Homegrown dropping talk of durian into conversations at inappropriate moments of late. And look out Mrs. HG, because Mr. HG just heard about the Mimosa Nursery (thanks beer making Scott!), purveyor...

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Qualitites of a Good Outdoor Room

...wood) A place to sit Art, objects, i.e. some human touch With these ideas in mind, how can I improve the outdoor spaces in the photos in this post? On the front porch I could add a small table to hold a book and a glass of beer. The space with the stove needs shelter from the sun during the morning (in another year the grapes will cover the arbor but until that time maybe I need to string up some shading). The earth oven we built definitely im...

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Urine as a Fertilizer

...r house taught by Darren Butler, a big proponent of what he calls “pee-pee-ponics,” I thought I’d take a look at the science of urine use. Urine offers a free and readily available (at least after a night of beer drinking) alternative to organic nitrogen fertilizers such as blood meal. We’ve got a perpetual nitrogen deficiency in our vegetable beds and I hate buying industrial ag sourced items like blood meal. Urine is a g...

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Scott’s Pepsi-G Stove

...t make pancakes over one, and if you have a family to serve, you might want to consider carrying more than one of these stoves. My camping set up included the stove, a sawed off Foster’s can (you know, those extra large beer cans) as a cooking pot, a circle of chicken wire to balance the Foster’s can upon over the stove, and a bit of foil to block wind. It all tucked inside the Foster’s can for transport and weighted hardly anyt...

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Gadget Love: The Johnson Temperature Controller

...t freezer, running at this higher temperature thanks to the temperature controller, results in a more active proofing. Make lagers (which ferment at low temperatures). Make ales in hot weather. The house gets too hot to make beer in the summertime. Now I can make a batch or two without having to worry about the weather.  Use the chest freezer as a backup when I need to repair the gasket on our Scandinavian refrigerator YET AGAIN! Not wanting t...

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Kelly’s 2012 To-Do List

..., thus I’m well overdue for a complete overhaul.) -Organize the labels or tags on Root Simple so our dear, somewhat abused readers can find information when they want it. -No processed sugar for the month of January. Or beer.  (sigh) -White flour, crackers, tortillas, pasta & etc. are designated as “treats” this year, as opposed to “staples.” -No internet surfing until after supper. No email in the morning. Emai...

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Of Man Caves and Woman Caves

...rds like “mantastic” and throwing around headlines like “Chromed-Up Harley Hangouts.” From the preview on the Manland site, it seems Man Caves Mag delivers the usual man cave aesthetic package of neon beer signs, motorcycles and flat screen TVs. The editors of WOOD, promise that their Man Caves Magazine will “go behind the scenes to reveal what makes their personalized man space so popular—sometimes the most popula...

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