Tag Archives: DIY

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    Food Preservation Methods

    Tips and strategies for deepening your pantry
    by Samantha Biggers

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 5:03 PM


    Over the last 18 months, the shortages and economic uncertainty of the nation have led to many people not only gardening but putting back food by canning and other food preservation methods. Unfortunately, throughout the COVID-19 fiasco, some food preservation products have been in short supply.

    Canning jars and lids are still hard to find in some areas. In other locations, the availability is sporadic. While canning is a great way to put back food, there are some clear disadvantages too. No food preservation method is perfect for all situations. It is likely in your best interest to use a variety of food preservation methods to keep your pantry stocked through good times and bad.

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    Chris Interviews His Daughter, Erica Martenson

    How to live a beautiful life
    by Whitney

    Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 11:46 AM


    Time for some good news. Listen in to hear about how a remarkable young woman has crafted a beautiful life of meaning and purpose. Erica, Chris’s daughter, has carved out a unique life of simplicity, community and beauty. A life many are aspiring towards.

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    Using A Grid Tied Solar System When The Grid Is Down

    by Samantha Biggers

    Thursday, August 19, 2021, 11:40 AM


    Many people have taken advantage of programs that make putting solar panels on their homes and tying to the grid very affordable. Unfortunately, these types of solar systems provide no backup power if the actual power grid is down. The main advantage to homeowners is that their power bill is significantly reduced or even eliminated. The power is fed back into the grid, but no battery backup system at home can be utilized if the main power grid fails.

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    How to Make Your Own Beer, Wine, Soda, and Seltzer

    by Samantha Biggers

    Monday, August 2, 2021, 7:00 PM


    From a prepping perspective, it is much more practical to store the ingredients to make your beverages than to stash back an immense supply. People stash back liquor rather than beer for a long emergency because it is more concentrated, and it doesn’t go bad. You are also not storing a bunch of water and packaging.

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    How To Grow and Preserve Shiitake Mushrooms

    Reap the benefits of these amazing mushrooms
    by Samantha Biggers

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 1:22 PM


    Over the years, my husband and I have grown hundreds of pounds of Shiitake mushrooms using logs from our woodlot. These mushrooms provide extra protein and nutrients to our diet as well as some medicinal benefits.

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    Small Scale Solar Setups

    You don’t have to go big right away with solar.
    by Samantha Biggers

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 12:47 PM


    You don’t have to go big right away with solar. A small solar backup power system is an excellent way to gain experience with solar or just have some backup power if there is a power outage in your area. Small solar arrays are great for camping, boating, and those that live in RVs part or full time.

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    Vermiculture: Getting Down and Dirty with Worms

    DIY Worm Composter
    by Jason

    Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 5:50 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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    Compost Bin: Phil Williams

    How to Start and Maintain a Worm Compost Bin

    Vermicompost made easy
    by Phil Williams

    Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 2:55 PM


    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.

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    How to Make Your Own Toothpaste

    DYI for good dental health
    by bgarrett

    Thursday, September 29, 2016, 8:39 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.

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