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6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial:
America, land of the free…ha, ha, ha!

20  Ayoob on Firearms:
Traveling iron

72  Claire goes to the movies

74  Ask Jackie:
Removing skins from tomatoes, using manure as fertilizer, wheat not germinating, making butter, recipe for V8 juice, etc.

27  Irreverent joke page

78  Letters

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Cover 104
This issue’s cover shows an idyllic setting of a country scene. Beautiful house, nice lake with lots of fish, and fresh veggies from the garden. Who could ask for more? And hey, kids…see if you can find all the little critters that Don Childers, our talented artist, placed here and there. There are birds, an otter, chickens, a deer, a squirrel, a turtle, and a dog. See if you can find them.


Building and tools

47  Build an old-fashioned hotbed and start your seeds in style   By Roy Martin

50  Adventures with a portable sawmill   By Pat Barden


8  Fruit trees   By Alice Yeager

36  Beans grow all over   By Alice B. Yeager

Alice tells us how to grow and prepare all kinds of beans.

42  Bush snap beans – Little plants, big yields   By Raymond Nones

56  Leafy green vegetables – The underrated heroes of the garden   By Jackie Clay

64  Where our garden crops come from   By John Silveria

Ever wonder about the origin of common vegetables? John does a well-researched history on several of your favorite garden treats.


15  10 day survival pack for your vehicle for just $25   By Jeff Yago

Be prepared for emergencies with this low-cost survival pack that includes items easily found at the corner grocery store.

25  Wilderness dentistry   By Len McDougall

Country Living

28  Help your home survive in the path of a wildfire   By Brent Stainer

A bit of pre-planning can make the difference between saving or losing your home in the event of a devastating wildfire.

32  Understanding fire zones   By Chuck Lamb


45  Salmon hot pot party   By Linda Gabris

If you have a ’60s era fondue pot in your cupboard, get it out, dust it off, and put it to good use once again.