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Build Your Own Walk In Cooler with a CoolBot Controller and A/C Unit. Root Cellars 101- Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid. Eartheasy Blog » How to Establish a Clover Lawn. Ah, the backyard lawn, that controversial patch of greenery adored by some and shunned by others.

Eartheasy Blog » How to Establish a Clover Lawn

Restricted to the aristocracy before mechanical mowers made them possible for humbler folk, lawns have become the norm of boulevards and subdivisions alike. But how ‘green’ are they? On the one hand, lawns require large amounts of water to survive. They are monoculture crops that provide minimal benefits to nature. On the other hand, lawns are ground covers that can prevent the encroachment of unwanted or invasive weeds. However you feel about lawns, one thing is certain: you can make yours more sustainable by considering clover. DIY Build or Hack.

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The Farmer's Dog: Homemade dog food, DIY or delivered. Successful cold storage. Crisp carrot sticks, fresh cabbage, and fried potatoes from my Montana garden in June?

Successful cold storage

Yes, but only if I’ve kept them in cold storage from last summer’s garden. A garden is a wise investment and provides the freshest, most nutritious vegetables available during the summer. But I need it to supply vegetables year-round, and that can be a challenge here in northwest Montana. I lean toward self-sufficiency and eating a local, seasonal, sustainable diet; we try to grow what we eat and eat what we grow. We preserve, dehydrate, and freeze both fruits and vegetables, making a trip to the fruit room or freezer a real delight throughout the winter. Ideally, I would have a root cellar which maintained the correct temperature for the produce I would like to keep.

A storage method is only the last step to having successful cold storage and fresh vegetables in the winter. Planting time and harvest time also affect the success of storage. Carrots Potatoes Cabbage Onions. The Pallet House by I-Beam Design Costs Only $75 and Uses Spare Wooden Pallets. The designers at I-Beam Design created the Pallet House Project because they were inspired by one simple, but unbelievable, fact: 84% of the world's refugees could be housed with a year's supply of recycled American pallets.

The Pallet House by I-Beam Design Costs Only $75 and Uses Spare Wooden Pallets

Just based off of a year and a half year of pallet production in the US alone, 33 million refugees could live in a Pallet House. That's a lot of housing for a LOT of people in need. What makes their design so brilliant is that virtually anyone can build it very cheaply and in less than one day. The Pallet House, by I-Beam Design, was conceived as a transitional shelter for refugees returning to Kosovo. The pallet house is simply and provides great flexibility in terms of configuration. Since the house is made from spare wooden pallets, it is easy to acquire the materials to build the shelter.

Not only that, but the house is very simple.

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101+ Meals in a Jar Recipes. Meals in Jar are a great way to put aside whole meals for your food storage.

101+ Meals in a Jar Recipes

Through the canning or dry vacuuming process, you can put a meal up to help create long-term food storage. 1. Building a Clay Oven – The Basics. Welcome to the first installment of building a clay oven.

1. Building a Clay Oven – The Basics

Better Outdoor Pizza Oven Building Plans. Learn how to build this outdoor oven in this new how-to Several years ago, I wrote about how to build (the now-infamous) $20 outdoor cob oven.

Better Outdoor Pizza Oven Building Plans

That oven I built worked decently, produced a lot of delicious meals, and advanced my pizza baking fever to new heights. Since then, we’ve built several more outdoor pizza ovens, and each of them has been a great improvement upon the original. This newer model is slightly bigger, allowing for easier access to the oven interior, it has even more food baking potential, and the insulation is vastly superior. Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Pizza Oven.

I must admit, I’m a bit of a breadhead.

Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Pizza Oven

Few things are as exciting to me as freshly baked bread with a dab of butter, or hot and greasy scallion pancakes, or fluffy and airy naan, or a pizza fresh from the hearth of a wood-fired cob oven. (That last one trumps all the others.) I thrive on bread. Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, Straw-Bale Gardening. By Craig LeHoullier CONSIDER the humble bale of straw.

Growing Vegetables in Straw Bales, Straw-Bale Gardening

Think beyond its reputation as a Halloween decoration and picture it as a productive part of your garden. The concept is simple: As the straw begins to break down, it turns into a rich, compostable planter that's ideal for growing vegetables. Although the practice of gardening in straw bales dates back to ancient times, I learned of it only a decade ago during a chance encounter with a local straw-bale guru, Kent Rogers. When my publisher asked me to write about straw-bale gardening, I tested the techniques in my own gardens and was quite impressed with the results.

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Chickens. Wood pizza oven Building wood burning brick bread ovens. Brick Oven. How to build My 50 Dollar Greenhouse. Straw Bale Gardens. Homestead Notes - Creating a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, sustenance, and survival. Plant Archives - Harvest to Table. Cool days and nights can be a problem for tender warm-season crops such peppers, melons, and eggplants.

Plant Archives - Harvest to Table

Temperatures in the 40sF won’t kill these plants but their growth will be stunted. Wait […] Establishing a seed planting calendar is one of the oldest and wisest gardening maxims. The success of many vegetable and flower sowings is getting the seed started at the right time of […] Many useful culinary herbs grow well in containers. How to Start Beekeeping – Beesource Beekeeping.

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The Demo Garden Blog. Are you just getting started with vegetable gardening and looking for some ideas on how to plan your garden?

The Demo Garden Blog

A couple other horticulture agents and I have put together some simple garden plans that will get you started on your garden. These garden plans are all 4 ft x 8 ft gardens, ideally designed to be raised beds. However, raised beds aren’t necessary! If your garden space is bigger, you can simply use several of the garden templates end to end. (If you stack them side by side, you won’t be able to reach the middle!) Two helpful resources to use with the garden plans: Vegetable Garden Planting Guide.

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How to make a Worm Tower. Alexe drills holes in a pipe to make a worm tower A worm tower is a simple and effective way to take any garden bed from average yield to gloriously abundant. Simple to build, with materials you probably already have, a worm tower is the perfect addition to any garden bed, in any climate. It will bring increased fertility to your plants, improve your soil, make every living thing very happy and process organic waste to boot.

Planning Succession Crops. Succession planting will allow you to plant several times throughout the growing season for a continuous supply of fresh vegetables. To plan succession crops you must know two things: • The number of weeks of growing season in your garden. The length of the growing season is the number weeks between the last frost in spring and the first frost in autumn. The local cooperative extension office can tell you the length of the growing season in your location or you can ask an experienced gardener at a nearby garden center. • The number of weeks each crop you wish to grow requires to germinate, grow, and reach harvestable size. Diy Natural – Do It Yourself… Naturally. Homemade Cleaner and More. Automatic Chicken Coop Door Openers.