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6  Publisher’s Note

7  Editorial: The attack on Colin Powell prompts questions I’m not supposed to ask

76  Ask Jackie: “Retiring” in the backwoods, canning cabbage, green tomato pickles, grape jelly & grape juice, rolled oats, canned cheese, cleaning up cat puke, and storing eggs

25  Ayoob on Firearms:
Firearms and cold weather considerations

22  Irreverent joke page

48  The gee-whiz! page

39  Book Review Guns Save Lives

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Cover 79
This is yet another Jackie Clay photo. Shot from a vantage point that looks down on her homestead, it shows not only the Montana home she’s now living in, it features the garden next to the house where she uses Wallo’Waters to extend her growing season. (See her article, which leads off this issue “Use Wallo’Water and gain a month of growing season,” on page 8.)


Farm and garden

8  Use Wallo’Water and gain a month of growing season   By Jackie Clay

30  Want more fruit from less space? Espalier your trees!   By Rev. J.D. Hooker

40  Preparing garden soil in winter   By Alice B. Yeager

69  Mane and tail tools   By Gary D. Kirchmeier


16  Harvesting the wild: acorns   By Jackie Clay

32  Pemmican: an ideal all-purpose food   By Habeeb Salloum

35  Caring for spices and herbs   By Tom R. Kovach

36  How to butcher a chicken in 20 minutes or less   By Dr. Roger W. Grim, D.C.

44  Sell your home: get a good price and sell it faster   By Jackie Clay

50  Install a mobile, solar powered toilet   By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., CEM

63  Preserving fish   By Tom R. Kovach

70  Mountain and winter driving   By Don Fallick


56  Cracklin’s: an irresistible snack that you can’t stop sneakin’   By Linda Gabris

Building and tools

14  A packing crate mini-barn   By Edward King

24  Hingeless gate   By Clay Sawyer

59  Portable fence panels: the homesteader’s friend   By Jackie Clay

Making a living

65  There’s money in music   By Don Chance

Country living

34  The vanishing outhouse   By Tom R. Kovach

43  Living with wildlife   By Tom R. Kovach