I have been dying to show you my Mother's Day present. For years and years and years, I've been wanting a greenhouse. Up here in Alaska, the only way you are going to eat cucumbers or tomatoes off the vine is to grow a greenhouse. But every year, every spring, we just have so much going on, the greenhouse never happens. Next year, we say. I thought next year would never come. We were already saying next year this year. So I tried something different I said, what about tonight? We started cutting boards at 4PM that night. By that evening we had completed all of the wall framing. I was so excited couldn't stop myself from sharing a pic via instagram and twitter! That first night, we actually called it an early night! The next morning, we got up and assembled the panels in the driveway. We used roofing tin for the side panels. The corners are trimmed in simple metal flashing. For the greenhouse panels, we used the ribbing strips, but they aren't entirely necessary. All of the panels are predrilled
Inexpensive Mini-Greenhouse - DIYThirty years ago, I bought MOTHER EARTH NEWS to help pass the time while I was a U.S. Navy sailor stationed on an aircraft carrier. I enjoyed reading the magazine from cover to cover — often three or more times per cruise — and I couldn’t wait for the next issue. The magazine has inspired me to do many projects. Recently, I wanted to try growing in a small raised garden bed. I also made a mini-greenhouse cover for the bed so the crops could get an earlier start. Robert FordMontrose, Pennsylvania
Bookshelf PornDIY Guide to Making Castile Soap | AB Home InteriorsSoap making has been around for 2000 years, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that people learned that it killed bacteria, and was a good form of hygiene. Soap making is easy to do but requires the right tools, protective eyewear and gloves and also requires patience. One of my favorite soaps is Castile soap. Castile was originally made in Spain from their native olive oil, but nowadays castile refers to any soap made with vegetable fat rather than animal fat like tallow. Soap made from vegetable oil also known as soft fats are in my opinion the best soaps made. Soap making is a chemical process that results in Saponification. img: Eco Living experts Ingrediants 24oz Olive oil 38 oz hemp oil or jojoba oil 24 oz coconut oil 13 oz Sodium hydroxide, SH (94-98%) should not contain nitrates, and can be picked up at the super market 5 c distilled water Step 1 Slowly add 13 0z of sodium hydroxide to 5 c. cold water. Step 2 In a crock pot or large cooking pot heat all the oils together on high.
SP 103/VH021: Florida Vegetable Gardening GuideSydney Park Brown, J.M. Stephens, Danielle Treadwell, Susan Webb, Amanda Gevens, R.A. Dunn, G. Kidder, D. Short, and G.W. Vegetable gardening offers fresh air, sunshine, exercise, enjoyment, mental therapy, nutritious fresh vegetables, and economic savings, as well as many other benefits. Steps in Gardening Site For convenience locate the garden near the house, on a well drained site, close to a source of water, and in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Plan Before planting, draw a garden plan that includes the name, location, and planting date(s) of the vegetables you want to grow. Soil Preparation Gardeners often plant on whatever soil type is available, but it is usually worthwhile to improve the garden plot with additions of organic matter (see below). Organic Matter Most Florida soils benefit from the addition of organic matter, such as animal manure, rotted leaves, compost, commerical soil mixes, and cover crops. Compost Cover Crops/Green Manure Tables
Practical self sufficiency through food skills.Chia Seeds, The Ancient Chia Seed - How it Can Benefit Your Health, Healthy LifestylesThe Ancient Chia Seeds - Health Benefits of Chia Seeds Check out all of Charlotte Bradley's Healthy Lifestyles columns. You have probably heard how important it is to get enough essentials fatty acids (EFAs) in your diet. Some good food sources containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids include fish, shellfish, flax seeds, leafy green vegetables and walnuts. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to obtain enough of these fatty acids on a daily basis. You may know Chia as the sprouts that grow on the porous clay figurines called Chia Pets, however there is much more to it than that! My introduction to Chia seeds came a few weeks ago when a friend brought me some Chia seed chocolate pudding form the local health food store. Chia is a member of the mint family. Chia (Salvia hispanica) - 10 Health Benefits of This Superfood: Supports Heart HealthChia seeds can help reduce blood pressure. EnergizingThe word “Chia” comes from the Mayan language and means strength. How to Use Chia Seeds:
The Secrets of Foliar SprayingYour tomato plants look limp and sickly. Their lower leaves have turned a nasty yellow between the veins. You need to do something quickly. Searching the web, you discover your tomatoes have magnesium deficiency. Under the bathroom sink, you find an old bag of Epsoms Salts and an empty spray bottle. Dissolving a tablespoon of the salts in a couple of pints of warm water, you spray the leaves of the tomato plants all over. From this example, it looks like foliar spraying could be the magic bullet we are all looking for. Mineral Deficiency Spraying Spraying for mineral deficiencies can be particularly effective: magnesium for tomatoes, zinc for grapes, boron for many vegetables; the list is long and complex. The main stumbling block is our limited diagnostic skills. Spraying for mineral deficiencies is emergency medicine -- fast and efficient. Foliar Fertilization We all have had the basic course in fertilization: plants need NPK – nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.
20 Re-purposed Window Greenhouses20 Repurposed Window Greenhouses Related Posts « Chia Seed – Ancient Food of Aztec Warriors Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days [Full Film] »Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building Home PageHow to Collect, Process and Store Acorns and Acorn FlourPhoto by Hank Shaw I know this probably should have been the first of the three acorn posts I’ve written over the past few weeks, but before I got into the mechanics of working with acorns and acorn flour I wanted to whet your appetite for actually using them — not as some grim survival food or something old hippies eat, but as a worthy ingredient in serious, modern cooking. If you haven’t read my other two acorn posts, Acorns and the Forager’s Dilemma is an introduction to the use of acorns; the Forager’s Dilemma is, in a word, starch. Starch (carbohydrates) is the toughest thing to forage for, and is a primary reason why humans settled down 10,000 years ago to grow grain. Next I wrote about an interesting Acorn Honey Cake I’d made and how various world cultures have traditionally used acorns, cultures ranging from Korea to Japan to the Native Americans, Europeans and North Africans. COLLECTING ACORNS First you need to get yourself a supply of acorns. A word on worms. What does it mean?
How To Build A Greenhouse – SIX Part Video Series – Wranglestarwranglestar Wranglestar is an incredible teacher, builder and homesteader who is kind enough to share his wisdom and his creative do it yourself spirit. Each of his videos are clear and concise as he guides you through the instructions as he builds so that you can do the project as well. The Homestead Survival website has featured many of Wranglestar’s homesteading building projects because he is in our opinion one of the very best. Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four Part Five Part Six