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Farm/GardenThe $1 gardenBy Jonathan Nunan The dollar garden is simple in concept: buy as many seeds as you can for one dollar and harvest as much food as possible from the plants you grow. You see, sometime last year my mother, Susan, read something somewhere that claimed a tomato cost some incredible amount to grow on your own. Mom—whose plan to build a house out of firewood worked out just fine—made it her mission to grow as much as she could on as small a budget possible. Website ExclusiveBuild a hybrid go-kart for kids for $150By Dorothy Ainsworth When his grandson turned 5 he decided to build him a go-kart in the low-budget Ainsworth tradition. But not just any old go-kart-----a HYBRID Go-Kart! 'Gene would go Green' just for the challenge of it.

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8 eye-catching shipping container homes: A new kind of living Interested in uplifting stories on the natural world, sustainable communities, simple food, and new thinking on how to live well? Please enter a valid email address and try again! No thanks How-To Putter Shed - Start The Putter Shed A putter shed is a great way to increase your outdoor storage area. We built ours using a plan we saw in a magazine, but most lumberyards and home centers will have plans and kits available. Our style of shed comes with a couple of different options. Black Soldier Fly Composter / Automatic Chicken Feeder A simple 3D animation to show relative size and layout of the BSF Composter / Chicken Feeder We have had much success harvesting Black Soldier Fly Larvae to feed our chickens, but we needed a new design. After much thought, this is the design that we have come up with. We designed this unit with these things in mind: large for plenty of compostportable so we can move itauto-feeds our chickenseasy to build and replicatemade from common materials This composter can turn everyday food and garden waste in to a nutritious food source for chickens and rich compost.

Free Wild Plant Identification eCourse You are out in the forest and looking at the glorious plant life surrounding you. Whether you are a beginner and have never identified one plant, or a Botany professor at a university, you might appreciate this refreshingly simple approach to plant identification. I remember lovingly (and sometimes screamingly) that my college classes in Systematic Botany required me to become acquainted with that local Washington Flora that we plant dorks call “Hitchcock and Cronquist”. Small Spaces Good Design For Living in Small ApartmentsAs people migrate to smaller spaces, good design helps a lot. This is something they figured out in Europe long ago, that if you don't have a lot of horizontal room you can go vertical. Tumidei in Italy makes some of the nicest stuff, like this unit with lots of storage under the bed. This unit just raises the floor high enough for beds to slide under.

Bump keys can lead to home break-ins How to avoid break-ins at your home Last reviewed: June 2011 Web videos that demonstrate how to make a "bump key" are especially unnerving because unlike so much other sketchy content online, these tutorials are real. These instructional pieces typically reveal that any key "when properly used, will open any lock that it fits into," as boasts one Web instructor. A bump key is made by taking a key that already fits into a particular brand of lock and filing it down. But turning a blank key into a bump key isn't as simple as it looks in those Web videos.

Your Green Dream Home: First Things To Consider Be Here Now Environmental journalist Simran Sethi spends her first night in her new home and reflects on the str... The Winter of Our Content Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence looks forward to good, green building news for 20... Our Time is Now

How to Build a Natural Swimming Pool Learn how to build a natural swimming pool in order to create a cooling summer retreat for your homestead. Whether you like to practice your dolphin dives or lounge away the day on a raft, swimming is one of summer's perfect pleasures. With a minimum of materials and without an arsenal of chemicals, you can build an idyllic water oasis right in your own back yard and thwart summertime's sultry dog days. Though fairly common in Europe, natural swimming pools (like the one pictured above in an Austrian family's backyard), are in their infancy in the United States. Ask most American swimming-pool contractors to build a backyard pool and chances are they'll roll out a long list of goods, including rebar, gunite, fiberglass, chlorine and an energy-sapping filtration system.

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