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Its all hands on deck this week with the maple sap flowing like water faucets from the trees now. We are into late February and the maple trees are waking up. The 70 taps that I have out there are producing heavily.
Chris is here boiling the sap down for me each day. He wor
I am building a wood stove water boiler heating system for our off grid winter greenhouse using an antique wood stove water boiler and two 55 gallon steel barrels. This will work using the thermosiphon effect and will have no moving parts and no outside power source to run it.
July 8th, 2011
With the cost of gas prices soaring, I have been stressing about not using a hydrogen booster in my car so far this summer. I pulled it out to rework the design.
I have been working like crazy in the shop on a new design for my H2O boos
I have been studying the common roadside weed, chicory. This plant is actually quite amazing and will always be kept in my pantry from now on. Chicory root roasting in the oven leaves an incredible smell something like chocolate combined with a woody scent. The whole room smells good.
This is a simple old fashioned homemade laundry detergent which will last you a very long time. The cost of this homemade soap is very low compared to commercially purchased laundry detergents on the market. For only about ten dollars of raw ingredients you will have years of laundry detergent us
We are clearing about an acre and a half on our 56 acre land to make space for our off grid homestead. We are cutting a lot of trees and I needed an easier way to cut them with the chainsaw so I made a sawbuck using all scrap materials.
We are buying this land and trying to
This is my now World famous simple survival cookie recipe. I used to make these cookies for survival and camping trips but one time after sharing with friends they became so popular that I had to make them all the time. This is a very simple and easy recipe using few ingredients.
I got a tumbling composting bin that had broken off legs and built a new stand using all free pallet wood. The new stand is rugged and way stronger than the original wobbly tube stand that it came with. My new composting bin should last a lifetime.
A friend of mine gave me
Wintergreen is a low growing ground cover plant with tiny red berries in the fall. It is an evergreen shrub so you can always find its green leaves, even in winter. Most people know wintergreen from chewing gum or toothpaste but it has many other uses.
Wintergreen is a tasty treat i
I used to get sick all the time when I was younger. I was allergic to almost everything. Just about all palnts and animals and most fresh fruits and vegetables. Through the years I started to realize that I can change this myself through healthy eating and living. Here is my story.
When you are making your preparations for a more self-sufficient lifestyle, don’t forget about the things you have available in your own yard. You can plant a garden, of course, but there are also greens, not-so-fondly known as weeds, that provide natural nutrition and health benefits
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How to tap maple trees to make your own syrup
Trees should be ta
More and more people are trying their hands at homesteading and self-sufficient lifestyles. Rather than depend primarily on grocery stores, the idea is to grow, or raise, one's own food. Whether you choose to do this to save money, or due to a desire to eat more organically, tho
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How To Make A Simple Solar Food Dehydrator Pt 2
This is a very simple solar food dehydrator that uses the energy of the sun to dry food for long term storage. This solar dehydrator costs very little to make and can dry large batches of food in one to two days of full sun.
A solar food dryer is valuable in case of a power
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