Tag Archives: DIY

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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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    31 Cleaning Uses of Vinegar

    Natural cleaning solutions
    by admin-2

    Thursday, August 11, 2016, 5:21 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.

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