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Artist Don Childers painted this cover using acrylics to capture the vivid colors of spring. An older couple is busy planting vegetables in their backyard garden. Behind them, a beautiful and easy-to-make gabion rock wall holds their perennial flowers. All while their loyal dog sits off to the side, waiting for his humans to go inside and fill his food dish.


14  Shed antlers for fun and profit
By Gary Lewis

30  Building Will’s “Tornado Clucker Plucker”
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

38  Insect bites
By Joe Alton

66  Easy-to-make reusable coffee filters
By Angeline Hawkes


18  Gabion walls for form and function
By Joe Mooney

Alternative energy

41  Solar charge controllers " myths, hype, and facts
By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., CEM

Food and recipes

22  Burdock candy
By Setanta O’Ceillaigh

24  Creative casserole cuisine
By Linda Gabris

75  Make your own maple sugar
By Rheanna Leckie


35  The great American BB gun
By John Dinan

Farm and garden

8  How to grow great carrots
By Jackie Clay-Atkinson

36  Make tomato supports with branches
By Setanta O’Ceillaigh

46  Perennial flowers
By Alice Brantley Yeager

56  Cultivating soil for beginners
By Tom Kovach

58  Growing corn on a rubble pile>
By Setanta O’Ceillaigh

60  Product Review: Haywire Klamper
By Patrice Lewis