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Where there's a symptom, there's also a homegrown cure. With just a windowsill, container or small space, it's easy to grow an instant herbal remedy.

Whether it's a cough, heartburn, joint pain or neuralgia, the 40 ailments and conditions in this book can be treated using herbs and herbal preparations that readers can easily grow and make themselves. With inspiration found in science, tradition and modern herbalistic practices, Grow It, Heal It touts the healing power of more than 50 herbs-from anise hyssop to yerba mansa. Christopher Hobbs and Leslie Gardner, two of the nation's premier herbalists, share growing, harvesting and healing advice in this easy-to-use and friendly guidebook for herbal newbies, featuring teas, tinctures, salves, poultices, compresses and aromatherapy.

Among the many benefits of growing do-it-yourself remedies, readers will discover the convenience of preparing healing potions and salves when they're most needed; the advantage of having organic, fresh and high-quality herbs they've nurtured themselves; and how empowering it is to engage in self-care and why that's important to the healing process. Growing herbs at home allows readers to take an active role in their own health care.



According to conventional wisdom, building a green home is an expensive endeavor. The standard approach treats green as an add-on, tacking "premium" products, finishes and equipment onto a traditional home design. As a result, many green home projects end up over budget or fail to achieve their environmental and performance goals.

Green Home Building explodes the myth that green homes have to cost more. Using proven methods based on applied building science, authors Miki Cook and Doug Garrett show how to:

  • Lower base construction costs to provide funding for high performance upgrades
  • Achieve a net zero energy home, including "zero-ing" water, waste, carbon and associated costs within 15 years
  • Live affordably into the future, despite anticipated rising costs for fuel, water, materials, taxes and health care

This comprehensive guide to building green on any budget defines the strategies that maximize the return on green investments. Written for anyone who has ever been swayed by the argument that the price tag limits how green a home can be, Green Home Building is a must-read for builders, contractors, architects, designers and homeowners.


  • Width: 7'-3" Depth: 6'-0"
  • Standard Foundation - Wood floor on 4x4 runners
  • Alternative Foundations - Concrete
  • Four popular sizes - 7'-3" x 6', 7'-3" x 8', 7'-3" x 10', 7'-3" x 12'
  • Height floor to peak - 9'
  • Ceiling height - 7'-4"
  • 3' x 6'-8" door
  • Attractive styling with gambrel roof
  • Complete list of materials
  • Step-by-step instructions

Attractively designed with a gambrel roof, this mini barn storage shed can be constructed in any of four popular sizes: 7 feet 3 inches by 6 feet, 7 feet 3 inches by 8 feet, 7 feet 3 inches by 10 feet, or 7 feet 3 inches by 12 feet. E-plan includes complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions.

Mother Earth News E-Plans are packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects right at your fingertips. By supporting digital products like this one you are helping save millions of trees a year. Order your downloadable PDF and start building today!

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It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective, and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications' plans are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or these plans you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

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