City Farmer's Urban Agriculture Notes
, with loads of articles and links.
Simple and Sustainable Living
. Many links, photo galleries, books, videos.
has many pages of ecological design information and advice, most of it on water, and some pages that are just ads for books.
has detailed articles on several subjects, with especially good ones on rocket mass heaters and chickens.
, the complete text of the book by Dolly Freed.
Rancho Costa Nada
, Phil Garlington's page about living dirt cheap in the desert.
Soil And Health Library
Core Historical Literature of Agriculture
Journey to Forever Small Farms Library
Nurseries and Seeds
is great all around, a little expensive. Get the catalog!
has a wider selection and lower prices. Lots of northwest natives.
St. Lawrence Nurseries
focuses on cold climates, with 150 apples
Southmeadow Fruit Gardens
has an impressive selection of rare apples, and lots of other stuff.
Plants of the Wild
and the University of Idaho Nursery
both sell northwest native seedlings for low prices.
, good east coast nursery.
Trees of Antiquity
heirloom fruit trees.
Vintage Virginia Apples
, many varieties and lots of photos.
, very rare varieties.
, great source of small plants and herb seeds.
Inside Passage Seeds
sells seeds of native plants of coastal Cascadia.
Plants for a Future
database search. Good info on thousands of species.
Edible Landscaping and Gardening
. Only a few dozen plants here, but the information is more complete and presented better than on the PFAF site.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
. As of December 2010, this map has not been updated since 1990. They're working on a new version, and meanwhile here's a simple 2006 zone map
from the Arbor Day foundation.
AHS Heat Zone Map
(damn hard to find!)
Sunset zone maps
Tree and shrub species distribution maps
Identifying that Tree
, links to pages about 40 trees.
Popular rootstocks compared
for peach/almond, cherry, apple.
my big landblog post on apple varieties
The Cob Builders Handbook
, most of the book free online.
Green Home Building
, lots of info!
Cob House Journal
, a construction photo gallery with descriptions of every step.
The Year of Mud
, a blog about cob building.
Cob house photo gallery
All Things Cordwood
How to build a $100 log cabin
How to build a geodesic dome out of cardboard
Mike Oehler's underground housing
-- stored heat from summer lasts until winter!
Wood strength data
DIY Water Projects
, a huge collection of links about rainwater harvesting, greywater, and so on.
The Basics of Solar Cooking
, with many links to other solar cooking pages.
The Solar Cooking Archive
Build your own wood-fired all-in-one outdoor masonry oven
, an extensive site about woodfired pottery kilns.
Ambassador of Fruit
, about an Iranian scientist helping Idaho farmers expand into unusual fruits
How to make seedballs
The complete Humanure Handbook
Knife maintenance and sharpening
Growing a beautiful edible landscape in an urban neighborhood
Multi Fuel Stoves
, various information about wood stoves
Wood stove reviews
Wind Rose Data
, detailed charts of wind speed, direction, and frequency for hundreds of locations in the USA
Dark Sky Finder
, a Google map overlay showing light pollution in North America
Washington and California wildlife distribution maps
makes efficient wood-burning cooking stoves.
Acres USA catalog
, "the premier source of books on organic/sustainable farming and eco-living."
. Non-electric appliances and tools. Expensive, but some things they carry are not available anywhere else.
Lee Valley Tools
, good source of sharpening, woodworking and gardening tools.
Tumbleweed Tiny Houses