How to Grow Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Gardening

How to Grow Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

If you’ve ever come across a wild lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus), it might strike you as something that came from the deep ocean. The beautiful, cascading spines appear more fit for life on a coral reef than the terrestrial home by which they abide. Fittingly, the texture and flavor of...
Jordan Tony Jul 27, 2021
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Photos: How to Build a Raised Garden Bed from a Plastic Barrel

Gardening

Photos: How to Build a Raised Garden Bed from a Plastic Barrel

There is no better complement to a meal of wild game than fresh herbs and veggies from your own garden. Our hillside home in East Tennessee isn’t very conducive to traditional gardening, so I build raised beds as a practical, productive solution. I use plastic barrels to make beds that require...
Josh Smith Jul 22, 2021
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How to Compost at Home

Gardening

How to Compost at Home

When I first became interested in composting, I was uninterested in learning how to do things correctly and more interested in just doing them. I grabbed an old 5-gallon bucket with a lid, dumped all of my kitchen scraps and garden waste in it, and put the lid on top. A month later, I opened the lid...
Jordan Tony Jul 15, 2021
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How to Save Seeds From Your Garden

Gardening

How to Save Seeds From Your Garden

“Let your food be your medicine,” I proudly remarked as I poured black bean seeds into a weekly pill organizer. My wife rolled her eyes and then popped the container into our refrigerator’s crisper drawer. We’ve been storing seeds like this for years, and in some cases, we’re even starting to...
Jordan Tony Jul 15, 2021
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How to Clean Chanterelle Mushrooms

Foraging

How to Clean Chanterelle Mushrooms

Chanterelles are one of nature's most delicious gifts, especially when sautéed with garlic and butter. They fruit from the ground following a good rain in warm weather, and often that rain will kick lots of dirt up under those delicate frilled edges. While cleaning chanterelles off without damaging...
Danielle Prewett Jul 15, 2021
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Why Your Radishes are Spicy and How to Cook with Them

Gardening

Why Your Radishes are Spicy and How to Cook with Them

Radishes might be my favorite vegetable because they’re so versatile in the kitchen. The first year I grew radishes I easily planted about fifty, and to my delight (and, let’s be honest, surprise), all of them germinated and grew to full size. But when I bit into one, it was disheartening to...
Danielle Prewett Jul 15, 2021
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How to Easily Attract Bees and Pollinators

Gardening

How to Easily Attract Bees and Pollinators

Imagine tomorrow you wake up having traveled 100 million years back in time to the late Cretaceous period. Depending on where you live in North America, you could be on the Island of Appalachia (present-day East Coast), the Island of Laramidia (present-day West Coast), or underwater in the Western...
Anna Borgman Jul 15, 2021
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8 Things You Need to Start Raising Chickens

Homesteading

8 Things You Need to Start Raising Chickens

Chickens were the first animals we got when we moved out of suburbia and into the country. They don't call them the "gateway" farm animal for no reason; they're addictive. Once you get one chicken, you'll want more—it's a fierce cycle that inspired us to start our regenerative ranch. If you've ever...
Abbagail McRuer Jul 15, 2021
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What Does 'Biodynamics' Mean?

Gardening

What Does 'Biodynamics' Mean?

Biodynamic farming methods were born of a nearly century-long struggle to right the wrongs of conventional, chemical-laden agriculture. Biodynamics is, essentially, a system of farming that relies on a deep connection to the cycles of nature and the interdependency of soil, plants, water, animals...
Anna Borgman Jul 15, 2021
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3 Wild Salad Greens You Can Find in Your Backyard

Foraging

3 Wild Salad Greens You Can Find in Your Backyard

I know—it’s September and all you can think about is the negative space in your freezer and how you’re going to fill it with fresh game. We all have meat on the mind this time of year, but take a second and imagine something with me: It’s February and everything is frozen solid. You haven’t eaten a...
Jenna Rozelle Sep 9, 2020
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