Build Your Own Potato Growing Box (Effective Method to Produce a Large Quantity of Potatoes)

Potato

Build Your Own Potato Growing Box (Effective Method to Produce a Large Quantity of Potatoes)

Don’t you mean potato grow box? Nope, that’s not a typo. As the areas of my garden devoted to perennials has gradually increased, the need to use the remaining space more efficiently has become more important. Using trellises and other vertical growing methods greatly help in this challenge.  [Read more…]

Growing Your Own Food (making your own emergency food crisis garden)

food crisis

Growing Your Own Food (making your own emergency food crisis garden)

Making your own survival garden can be preparatory or begun in an emergency situation only. Either way, an emergency seed bank is essential. In the event of a financial collapse, food prices are going to sky rocket more than they already are.  Something as simple as automobile use going up (or gas prices going down), raises the consumption of gas, which causes the need for ethanol to increase, and ultimately ethanol comes from corn; therefore corn will be more expensive from a seemingly unrelated event, like it is now.  That’s an example of a food cost increase resulting from an economic and political correlation.  The human population is another example of a cost increasing variable.  [Read more…]

How to Farm Even in a Slum

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How to Farm Even in a Slum

As the migration of people from rural areas to cities intensifies, the number of people living in slums are growing exponentially. According to the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, there are currently more than 200,000 slums, shanty towns and informal settlements around the world. Prior even to the global economic crisis of 2008, nearly a third of all city dwellers lived in slums. This number continues to grow dramatically; there will be one billion more people living in slums within the next twenty years. [Read more…]

100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel

Rainwater

100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel

During our boiling, broiling, blistering summer of 2012 here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we went. Creeks and ponds dried up (some never recovered) and the water table dropped, forcing a few neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even have deeper wells drilled. [Read more…]

How to Make And Use Liquid Manure Compost

Compost

How to Make And Use Liquid Manure Compost

Manure tea – doesn’t that just sound like something you’d like to have some crumpets with? Well, no.

But your garden will most definitely enjoy a cup, so today we’re going to talk about how to make and use your very own manure tea to get the best out of your crops.

Don’t mistake manure tea with compost tea; they’re two completely different beasts. Compost tea is all about microorganisms that are beneficial to both soil and plants. Manure tea is all about the nutrients in manure. [Read more…]

Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home from Waste Coffee Grounds & Cleaning, and Preserving your Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Growing Gourmet Mushrooms at Home from Waste Coffee Grounds & Cleaning, and Preserving your Mushrooms

“Tried growing mushrooms before, and it didn’t work” – if I had money for every time someone has said that to me I’d be a very rich man…and probably no longer a mushroom farmer! Mushrooms are notoriously unreliable to grow, partly due to the mass-produced low quality kits that people often try. Almost mystical organisms, they seem to pop up in the wild in an unpredictable way, often only appearing for just 5 or 6 days before vanishing back into the ground again, not to be seen in the same spot for another year or three. Yet, despite a poor reputation amongst home growers, by using a particularly simple technique and getting a bit of insight into how mushrooms grow, it is possible to successfully grow your own gourmet mushrooms at home. So how exactly are mushrooms cultivated? How can you have success at home? And more to that point – what’s all this got to do with waste coffee grounds? [Read more…]

Sustainable Living: Innovative Ways To Grow Your Own Food!

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Sustainable Living: Innovative Ways To Grow Your Own Food!

The word, Hydroponic, comes from Latin and means working water. Simply put, it is the art of growing plants without soil.

When most people think of hydroponics, they think of plants grown with their roots suspended directly into water with no growing medium. This is just one type of hydroponic gardening known as N.F.T. (nutrient film technique). There are several variations of N.F.T. used around the world and it is a very popular method of growing hydroponically. What most people don’t realize is that there are countless methods and variations of hydroponic gardening. [Read more…]

10 Gardening Tips & Ideas every gardener should know & 10 Vegetable Gardening Mistakes and How to avoid them

Gardening

10 Gardening Tips & Ideas every gardener should know & 10 Vegetable Gardening Mistakes and How to avoid them

10 tips, ideas and hacks every gardener should know. These gardening tricks might surprise you and help you not only to grow the best plants in your garden, but also save you a lot of money. Here is the set of tips: [Read more…]

Creating a floating garden beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown – is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.

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Creating a floating garden beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown – is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.

A floating garden is built using aquatic weeds as a base on which vegetables can be base on which vegetables can be grown. This approach can extend the growing capabil grown. This approach can extend the growing capabilities of ru ities of rural communities where ral communities where land would otherwise be unavailable. It is cheap and sustainable. d sustainable.

Although floating gardens have been successful for many people there are some who cannot make use of this farming technique. Some of the landless poor do not have access to areas where the gardens could be set up. Even when areas of water are available they can be some distance away from the household. Another difficulty that can arise is that the raw materials to make the raft may not be available. [Read more…]

Here’s How to Use a Scythe

 Scythe

Here’s How to Use a Scythe

There’s nothing particularly novel about the scythe. For centuries, this agricultural wonder-tool was commonplace among small-scale farmers. Most knew how to maximize the benefits of these hook-bladed implements, using them to cut fields of hay, grain and weeds. With the advent of horse-drawn ploughs and petroleum-powered harvesters, the scythe slipped out of fashion. In fact, up until now, cutting grass and crops with the trusty tool was deemed nothing more than a quaint folk art. [Read more…]

How to Can Fresh Small Potatoes

Potatoes

How to Can Fresh Small Potatoes

Canning is an easy and quick process that requires some fresh products, such as tender and young vegetables or fruits.When you plant your own veggies you will definitely find yourself with a certain amount fresh produce more than what you can use in cooking. When you do, then you should think of canning. One summer, thanks to my husband’s overzealous planting, I found myself with a large amount of potatoes about the size of a golf ball. Obviously it would be difficult to store them all and peeling them every time I wanted mashed potatoes would have taken forever. Every housewife is looking for easy tips and shortcuts and I am no different. So canning this huge amount of potatoes was my solution. Here is how I (and you can too) canned about 800 pounds of those small round tubers. [Read more…]

Do You Have What it Takes to Raise Backyard Chickens?

Chickens

Do You Have What it Takes to Raise Backyard Chickens?

The simple fact that you even find yourself reading this article probably means that you satisfy the first requirement of raising backyard chickens: desire. Obviously, without a strong desire to keep chickens the occasional hassles and burdens of doing so would quickly become overwhelming, leaving you wondering why you ever got started with such a silly idea in the first place! So let’s go back to assuming that you do at least want to have and raise chickens, whatever your reason may be (and the reasons can be many). There are a few more requirements that cannot be overlooked in this hobby, so let’s take a look at each one and hopefully that will help you to determine personally where you stand. [Read more…]

Become a Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics

Aquaponics

Become a Millionaire on One Acre with Aquaponics

Build a large Aquaponics system for $25.00, farm Crayfish and Vegetables.

With an ROI (Return on Investment) of three to five years, and the possibility that by addressing a specific local market needed to produce a specialty crop such as kale, basil or bok choy, and reducing the ROI to less than two years, investors start to take notice. When a single commercial installation pencils out to yield a net-net in the low six figures and the output can match any wholesale supplier’s prices and still make money, serious investors take note.

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Biointensive Passive Solar Straw Bale Greenhouse

 Straw Bale

Biointensive Passive Solar Straw Bale Greenhouse

Why Build the Passive Solar Greenhouse?

This greenhouse will enable you to garden easily in difficult situations such as: short season, windy, low night time temperatures, animals eating your garden, low rainfall, high altitude, urban gardening, low humidity and/or cold winters.

This greenhouse will allow you to garden all year with a wide variety of vegetables, regardless of where you live.

Because this greenhouse is permanent and passive solar, it is much more effective than season extension. [Read more…]

Waterwheel Electric Generator Low-Cost Electricity, Multi-Purpose Dams Provide Water For Irrigation

WATERWHEEL

Waterwheel Electric Generator Low-Cost Electricity, Multi-Purpose Dams Provide Water For Irrigation

Hydropower, generated mainly from hydroelectric dams, is a clean, renewable, non-emitting source of energy that provides low-cost electricity and helps reduce carbon emissions. U.S. hydroelectric generation is the second largest in the world, providing 7% of domestic electricity production and much larger percentages in the western states. It is more efficient than any other form of electricity generation and offsets more carbon emissions than all other renewable energy sources combined. [Read more…]

6 Cheap Ways To Build A Greenhouse

Greenhouse

6 Cheap Ways To Build A Greenhouse

A greenhouse is something every homesteader should strive for, but good ones aren’t cheap and don’t always fit into the budget. What if you could build your own and not break the bank doing it. Well check out these great DIY greenhouse projects. [Read more…]