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6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial:
How do you save freedom in America?

74  Ask Jackie:
Jackie’s childhood, mouse trouble, improving soil, canning with aspirin, overwintering spinach, etc.

67  Ayoob on Firearms:
Military surplus and military “clone” rifles

86  The last word:
Because they failed to take away our guns, they’re coming after our ammo

90  Poem: Quack! Qua—

66  Irreverent joke page

83  Letters

87  Classified ads (pdf)

87  Classified advertising form

90   Advertiser Index

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Cover 116
BHM Video Producer Jay Stoler came up with the idea for this issue’s cover, and longtime BHM Artist Don Childers painted it with acrylics. It’s the end of the county road, where many of us who read this magazine already live and many others would like to go. There’s no traffic here, just your homestead surrounded by the best the world has to offer. This is my type of neighborhood.


Farm and garden

8  Garden spaces for small places   By Dorothy Ainsworth

26  Simplify your gardening chores with these ideas   By Rev. J. D. Hooker

59  Raising quail in the suburbs   By Ben Richards

Food and recipes

18  Feeding large families without breaking the bank   By Jackie Clay

41  Asparagus: Recipes for the king of spring   By Linda Gabris

52  Delicious lentil soup   By Ilene Duffy


24  Try these “old tyme” woodworking tools   By Rev. J. D. Hooker

30  Scroll saw portraits   By Eric Vanaman


35  Installing your own small, remote off-grid solar system   By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., CEM


46  Ten real inspirations   By Claire Wolfe


53  Get the most out of your vehicle and your maintenance dollar   By Len Torney


81  Stay healthy with probiotics   By Joe Knight