Grow your own food and herbs with the best natural and organic gardening tips.
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Learn how to plant vegetables late in the season to jump-start the spring harvest.
Make a Cold Frame for Herbs
Cold frames help you grow more herbs and extend your season.
Build a Fall Garden Medicine Chest
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How to Roast Tomatoes in the Oven
Save your summer harvest by roasting tomatoes and freezing them for tasty and BPA safe tomatoes.
From farmer Joel Salatin's point of view, life in the 21st century just ain't normal. In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.
Salatin, hailed by the New York Times as "Virginia's most multifaceted agrarian since Thomas Jefferson [and] the high priest of the pasture" and profiled in the Academy Award-nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the best-selling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life. And his message doesn't stop there. From child-rearing, to creating quality family time, to respecting the environment, Salatin writes with a wicked sense of humor and true storyteller's knack for the revealing anecdote.
Salatin's crucial message and distinctive voice – practical, provocative, scientific, and down-home philosophical in equal measure – make Folks, This Ain't Normal a must-read book.
- 960 Total Square Feet
- 1st Floor 960
- Width: 34'-0" Depth: 32'-0"
- 1 Full Baths
- Standard Foundation - Walkout Basement
- Building height - 17'
- Roof pitches - 5/12, 8/12
- Ceiling height - 8'
- Two 9' x 7' overhead doors
- The first floor game room/sports bar features a movie theater with 10' wide screen, fireplace, kitchen/wet bar, bath, closets and a front entry porch
- The lower level consists of a rear entry garage, shop area and storage room
- Complete list of materials
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Buildings from internationally recognized small living expert Jay Shafer have attracted the attention of CNN, Oprah, Fine Homebuilding and This Old House. Ranging in size from 100 to 120 square feet, these tiny backyard buildings can be used as guest cottages, art or writing studios, home offices, craft workshops, vacation retreats, or full-time residences. This revised edition of Tumbleweed DIY Book of Backyard Sheds and Tiny Houses is filled with photos (including many that weren’t in the original publication) and elevation drawings, as well as door and window schedules for constructing six of the handsome little buildings. You’ll also find an extensive how-to set of instructions that can be applied to any backyard building project.