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Pros and Cons of Building with Earthbags

by: Sara on 07/29/2018

Today is the Build portion of our Grow Make Build Change summer reading sale theme featuring an excerpt from Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Kelly Hart. Earthbag construction — building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials — is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly …

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Green Beans with Chilies and Lime Recipe

by: Sara on 07/28/2018

If I am honest I will tell you I only planted a small garden this year because battling the butter cup and morning glory has taken the fight out of me. I needed a break. But I made an exception for beans! Green, yellow, purple abound. Beans are so versatile,they taste great raw, a quick steam or a flash in the pan with a little oil or butter. So …

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Why some fruits and vegetables taste better than others

by: EJ on 07/27/2018

Lee Reich’s book, The Ever Curious Gardener: Using a Little Natural Science for a Much Better Garden is full of interesting insights into plants and why they do what they do. Today’s excerpt is from the chapter “Senses” explains why some fruit and vegetables just taste better. You can download the entire chapter here.  …

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Grow Make Build Change with our Summer Reading Sale

by: Sara on 07/26/2018

Welcome to the first day of our summer reading sale! If you are enduring this heat wave like we are, then you will understand when I say that it is hard to muster up enough energy to do much more than lay around in a dark cool room. But what would make laying around in the sweltering heat tolerable? A good book of course!

During the next seven days …

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Essential Earthbag Construction - an interview with Kelly Hart

by: EJ on 07/16/2018
Posted in: Natural Building

I've always been intrigued by earthbag building and Kelly Hart's new book Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-step Guide is the perfect book to fuel my dreams of an earthbag root cellar.  In today's author interview, Kelly Hart answers questions about building techniques and shares some stories from his international work.

 

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