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6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial:
Self-reliance equals freedom

24  Irreverent joke page

25  Ask Jackie:
Natural cleaners, canning black beans, freezing venison, spicy luncheon loaf, baking with nut butter, preserving squash, natural bug repellent, storing tomatoes in oil, prairie turnips, etc.

76  Movie Reviews

78  Ayoob on Firearms:
Instructive backyard shooting drills

85  Letters

89  The last word:
Is “peak oil” the new end-of-the-world?

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Cover 107
This issue’s cover is of Southwest Scotland. It accompanies an article on page 42 about old-fashioned haymaking by Sarah Ade. The article itself retains the flavour of the way the Scottish speak the English language, but readers of BHM will have no trouble identifying with the Ade family.

The idea of self-reliance appears to be strong in Scotland. The beauty of their countryside obviously rivals the beauty of parts of America.


Building and tools

8  Build a small shop or garden tool shed cheap   By Dorothy Ainsworth

22  Playing goose fiddle   By Rev. J.D. Hooker

49  Building the coyote rifle   By Rev. J.D. Hooker

61  Shelves and benches   By David Lee

68  Build a homemade boot scraper   By Dale King


19  Kick the credit card habit and learn to stash cash   By Claire Wolfe

42  Haymaking the old way (mostly)   By Sarah Ade


37  Dim bulbs in California   By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., CEM


52  My permanent onion patch   By Lynne Sanford

54  Pumpkins bring on the goodness of autumn   By Alice Brantley Yeager

58  Propagating grapes   By Sylvia Gist


65  Picture perfect picnic   By Linda Gabris


70  Big cities, love ’em or hate ’em, they benefit us all!   By John Silveira