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Vermiculture: Getting Down and Dirty with Worms

DIY Worm Composter
Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 1:50 PM

Today we are going to be discussing worm composting and vermiculture. Using worms to eat your waste organic matter from the kitchen can be a very convenient method of making black gold. Not only do these red wigglers produce a richer soil amendment than traditional compost (higher in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash), they make it faster than their microbial compost pile counterparts. Worm composting has a number of additional advantages over traditional composting, some of which include:

  • Can be done both indoors and outdoors (depending on temperatures)
  • Takes a fraction of the space as traditional compost piles and is portable
  • Easy to continue composting during the winter without braving the snow or rain
  • Kid-friendly (my 4 year old daughter adds the daily scraps)
  • The compost (worm castings) and compost tea is readily accessible
  • Easy to expand capacity
  • Can be shared with your community and friends
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How to Start and Maintain a Worm Compost Bin

Vermicompost made easy
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 10:55 AM

I've been planning to start a worm compost bin for the past seven years, but it was always one of those things that gets stuck on the to-do-list. With my compost tea setup and my starts suffering from poor quality soil, I'm in desperate need of a source of high compost. So, I finally ordered some worms and learned how to take care of them. A typical worm farm will not produce massive quantities of compost but it will produce a very high quality compost, and a small amount of good compost can be multiplied in a compost tea brewer. » Read more

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How to Make Your Own Toothpaste

DYI for good dental health
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 4:39 PM

Dental care is a necessary part of your health and wellness. Being able to provide your own dental care is a great way to establish your self-sufficency and save your family money.

Below are some ideas on how you can make your own toothpastes or take care of your teeth in a disaster. » Read more

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31 Cleaning Uses of Vinegar

Natural cleaning solutions
Thursday, August 11, 2016, 1:21 PM

Every kitchen has a bottle of vinegar.

It’s great for your recipes, but it’s also a cheap, non-toxic and biodegradable household cleaner, deodorizer and disinfectant.

Although some tough germs will have to call for commercial disinfectants, vinegar is more than capable to meet the hundred simple cleaning needs of your home. » Read more

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10 Survival Uses for Zip Ties

Inexpensive and secure
Monday, August 8, 2016, 3:52 PM

Lots of great ways to use zips ties and why you should include them in your BOB or emergency supplies. 

http://thesurvivalmom.com/10-survival-uses-zip-ties/

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10 Survival Uses for Blackberries

Monday, July 25, 2016, 5:17 PM

Learn 10 different ways to utilize blackberry plants and their fruit.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/10-survival-uses-blackberries

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Bulk Food Storage Tips

How to avoid 5 common mistakes
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 6:35 PM

5 tips and areas of concern to keep in mind when putting away bulk foods or prepping your deep pantry.  Keep building your resilience!

http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/survivalist/survival-skills-how-avoid-5-common-mistakes-bulk-food-storage » Read more

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DIY Beef Jerky

Make the best beef jerky at home
Thursday, June 30, 2016, 6:47 PM

It’s smoky. Savory. Salty. Sometimes a little sweet. It has been a favorite snack of travelers and nomads for thousands of years. I’m speaking, of course, of jerky.

Today, jerky is a big business. The Washington Post recently reported that it’s a $1.5 billion industry in the United States. Sales are up 46 percent since 2009. This high-protein, low-fat, low-carb, gluten-free snack has never been more popular. » Read more

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15 Solar Water Heater Plans

DIY projects for creating your own hot water
Thursday, June 9, 2016, 11:56 AM

A wonderful list of solar water heater ideas and installations.  Time to start thinking about using the power of the sun to heat your water and save on energy costs.

http://homestead-and-survival.com/15-diy-solar-water-heater-plans/

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DIY Mosquito Repellent

3 Ways to Make Your Own
Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:38 PM

As your family begins to move outdoors for the summer, you’ll have to take precaution against mosquitos and other insects.

Using mosquito repellent helps reduce your risk of exposure to Zika, West Nile virus or other diseases, it allows you to enjoy your summer activities with a lower risk of disease. » Read more