Advances in Gardening: The Trough of Garlic

...y end up under an inch or so of soil, about six inches apart. You’ll want to use only big fat cloves, not those skinny ones that sit in toward the core. You can use regular old organic garlic that you’d buy at the store or the farmers’ market. Some warn against this, saying the heads might be treated with anti-sprouting agents, but I’ve never had a problem. Diseases of different sorts may also be a problem, now that I thin...

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How To Fix a Broken Spring on an O’Keefe and Merritt Stove

...access door is located below and to the left of the oven door on the inside of a storage compartment. If that’s the only spring that’s broken all you need to do is pull it out and find a replacement at a hardware store or stove repair shop. 2. My broken spring was on the side of the stove that does not have an access door. To get at this spring I had to remove the side panel of the stove, which is easy to do. The side panel is remov...

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Fabulous Postcards from HenCam

...front and the back has the classic postcard layout. If you’re looking for easy presents for the holidays, or a set of nice postcards, so you can treat your friends to an actual handwritten note, go check them out at her store. They cost twenty bucks for a book of thirty cards–that’s about 66 cents per card. A couple of more pics after the break: From Vintage Farm Animal Photographs From Vintage Dog Photographs...

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Gourmet Foraging and Advanced Acorn Processing

...m for recipes which call for hazelnuts. The pudding Mia served us, for instance, was a tapioca pudding in which the the cream was first infused with acorns, and acorn meats were folded into the pudding. You can also choose to store the meats at this point, unleached. You can dry the meats out in a dehydrator or low oven, then put them in a container until you need them. At that point you will want to soak them to soften them up for grinding. Cold...

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The High Cost of Golf

Though I’m partial to my Xtracycle cargo bike, once in a while I’ll rent a pickup truck to haul some big items. Yesterday it was time to get a bunch of straw bales to use as bedding for the chickens. While driving by a public golf course on the way to the feed store, the windshield suddenly shattered startling me and my passenger, Ari of Islands of LA, who had come along to help out. Instictively, we ducked thinking that someone was...

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Shoemaking Advice?

...ular. Are people as dissatisfied with their shoes as they are with their mattresses? Probably not. I know I am–but this is mostly my own fault. I’ve spent too much time barefoot and my feet don’t seem to fit store bought shoes anymore. Don’t get excited, shoe questioners: I’ve got nothing for you. I’m asking for help. Have any of you made your own shoes? I’m looking for good resources on shoe making: book...

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