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Simple Solar Projects. BuildItSolar: Solar energy projects for Do It Yourselfers to save money and reduce pollution. Water Feature. Straw bale. Straw has been used as a building material for centuries for thatch roofing and also mixed with earth in cob and wattle and daub walls.

Straw bale

Straw bales were first used for building over a century ago by settlers in Nebraska, USA, shortly after the invention of baling machines. Straw is derived from grasses and is regarded as a renewable building material since its primary energy input is solar and it can be grown and harvested. Straw bales were first used for building over a century ago. Straw is the springy tubular stalk of grasses like wheat and rice that are high in tensile strength. It is not hay, which is used for feeding livestock and includes the grain head. Strawbale walls are surprisingly resistant to fire, vermin and decay.

Photo: Paul Downton A ‘truth window’ is a common feature in strawbale homes, providing a glimpse of the material that is otherwise completely rendered over and hidden in the finished building Performance summary Appearance Structural capability Thermal mass Insulation. ECO-FRIENDLY DIY BUILDING THAT DOESN’T COST THE EARTH. Building your own home need not cost your life savings.


There are plenty of simple, DIY alternatives for those who want to do it on the cheap and in an environmentally friendly way. Here are just a few ideas. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with a bit of time, elbow grease and a great idea! Earthbag homes These are exactly what they say they are- stacked bags filled with earthen materials. Off grid cabins Plenty of people have tried and succeeded at the truly self-sustaining off-grid lifestyle, and these little beauties have been most helpful to their ends. Shipping container home Who would have thought a disused shipping container could be home sweet home? ECO-FRIENDLY DIY BUILDING THAT DOESN’T COST THE EARTH. Straw bale. Manual_carrybag. 7 Benefits to Bringing Nature Back to Cities. Nature scarcity in cities has been observed for centuries.

7 Benefits to Bringing Nature Back to Cities

Only recently have we detailed the acute symptoms of separation anxiety felt by urban society. Urban greening creates projects that simultaneously restore our health and invite plants and animals to reclaim their place among us. The first step to reconnecting to the natural world may be rethinking the appropriate daily dose. The Biophilic Cities Project, led by Tim Beatley at University of Virginia, proposes everyone would benefit from consuming his or her “minimum daily requirement of nature,” similar to caloric intake requirements. The reconstructed nature pyramid dishes out portions from a bite-sized serving of walking to work under a street forest canopy, to annual banquets of vacations in awe-inspiring wilderness areas. Some leading cities are making a balanced nature diet part of their long-term planning by engaging residents in multi-use projects. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. How to make a terrarium waterfall.

This is a complete tutorial that shows you , step by step, how to make a terrarium waterfall.

How to make a terrarium waterfall

It is something you can do in a few hours depending on the materials you use, the size you want to make it, and how long it takes the paint to dry. The biggest challenge is getting yourself a water pump. I used the pump from an inexpensive table top fountain that I purchased in a discount store. I have a selection of water pumps you can buy at the bottom of this page. And, if you prefer to just buy a waterfall I have a page of them here: (terrarium waterfalls)The picture below is the waterfall I make in this tutorial. The most important thing you are going to need to make a waterfall is of course the waterpump.

After the pump a lot of the materials you will need can be improvised and I used insulating foam that comes in sheets. Here is the plastic container I am using to hold the water and the pump. This picture shows the basic layout and concept of the waterfall. Starting a Bee Hive. How do I start a Bee Hive ?

Starting a Bee Hive

All beehives must be registered with the Department of Primary Industries in your State. What you need to get started : Please note that some items will need to be assembled as they are sold in kit form. DPI Pack Registration forms etc QLD Free. Hive Body. Amazing German Designed Cat Climbing Furniture. How To Grow Your Own Antibacterial Bandages. As I work on turning this one acre homestead into a self-sustaining Garden of Eden, I have two requirements for every single plant I consider putting in the ground: they must be either edible or medicinal.

How To Grow Your Own Antibacterial Bandages

Preferably both. Why? Because frankly I don’t have money or space to waste on frivolous landscaping. Everything from the plants to the animals must have a purpose. How to make your own marshmallows. S'mores are more commonly associated with campfires than campy holidays, but there's something about the smell of frosty nights and bonfires in the air around Halloween that has me thinking about one of my favorite childhood treats: a hot toasted marshmallow smooshed between two graham crackers with as much chocolate as possible (parents and activity leaders were notoriously skimpy with the chocolate in my experience). Of course, now that I'm older, I'm not a fan of all the genetically modified sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and other food additives I can’t begin to pronounce that are in, and smooshed between, those two graham crackers. So I decided to see if I could whip up the makings of some tasty whole-food s'mores, and as it turns out, homemade marshmallows and graham crackers are surprisingly easy to make.

Homemade marshmallows.