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Reclaimed for the Sun

When I moved up to Maine 3 years ago, the place I moved into had a deck of pressure-treated wood shoved into a south-and-east facing corner.  It wasn’t connected to the steps, so you had to walk to it.  It didn’t face the street, so

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Compost Matters: The Pumpkin Patch Proof

You want proof that compost matters in your garden? Check this out. A year ago next week, I moved from Ohio to Maine and promptly started filling up a compost bin. Two weeks ago, I turned out my first big batch of compost from the

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Good Time For Architectural Digging

As I dug the trench, the soil certainly clumped up and was compressed against the shovel, but then, the fence line isn’t really for planting, other than for me to allow some tough siberian iris to spread along its line.

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The Acorn to Oak Test: Soil or Fridge?

Outside the house where I live in Maine is a big, tall red oak tree that has been producing acorns in such great number that as squirrels run about the branches they come down like rain — or hail, perhaps. The last person to live

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A Home Land Cost Of Militarization

An example of the cost of American militarization: An earmark inserted into this year’s military appropriations bill by U.S. Representative John Carter. The earmark would spend two and a half million dollars to restore land within Fort Hood that have been ruined by military training exercises.

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Eat the View In April?

If the Obamas are actually going to put in a vegetable garden on the White House grounds, they ought to do so in a way that shows how ordinary people can garden in a way that works – not by installing elaborate systems that attempt to defy natural weather conditions.

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?