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Category: DIY Projects

Do It Yourself (DIY) projects from making compost bins to building shelves; from making cheese to giving CPR; from solar ovens to making cheese…

The Hillbilly-Hippie Chicken Tower

By: Everett S

After finishing the tool shed back in the woods, I decided to bite the bullet and get chickens again before having anything built for them. We still had the calf shed from the previous failed chicken coop when we had to get rid of our birds because they were roosting on the front porch every […]

The First Outbuilding I’ve Built Completely by Myself

By: Everett S

It ain’t the pertiest thing to look at, but she’ll do. She’ll do…

Deer & Varmit Proof Garden Fence… We Hope!

By: Everett S

We’re about finished with the garden fence now and rather than try to explain everything in text I thought it might be easier to film a quick explanation. Being new to the world of iPhones, we filmed in portrait mode. Lesson learned… This time I’ve decided to do the garden fence right so hopefully I […]

Blending Up a Moss Shake to Spread on Rocks

By: Everett S

We took a few trees down around the house that were threatening our roof. My neighbor Tommy also helped me do some roof repairs, during which time I took the opportunity to scrape the large patches of moss off of our shingles. But what to do with it? I used some as a type of […]

Three Stoves: Electric, Natural Gas and Propane

By: Everett S

A power surge caused the electric oven to blow a controller, which costs about $150 just for the part. We have a big propane tank already, which runs the hot water heater, and a propane gas line running right into the back of the stove nook so I decided to just get a gas stove. […]

Splitting Wood Inside a Tire

By: Everett S

While at Dancing Rabbit our host Nathan shared his tip on splitting wood without wasting time and energy. I’m all for wood-splitting efficiency so I thought I’d share… It is important to note that this wood-splitting trick is most helpful for people, like Nathan, with smaller stoves that require a lot of thinly-split pieces. The […]

A Visit To Our Wood Lot for Locust Posts = $350 in Savings

By: Everett S

The Home Depot sells 4″x4″ x 9′ long fence posts for about $25 each. Since we needed 14 of them for the garden fence it would have cost me about $350 had I purchased them instead of cutting them out of the wood lot. Though it doesn’t account for the price of property, I prefer […]

DIY Portable Greenhouse and Food Dehydrator Combo

By: Everett S

I inherited a food rack from the barn on a previous property several years ago and have always wanted to turn it into an Appalachian-style food dehydrator. I still plan on making the conversion this summer, but spring use as a portable greenhouse or cold-frame is another option for these restaurant food racks… The trays […]

Making a Book Case with Old Apple Crates

By: Everett S

I’ve been working hard on getting the garden going on virgin ground (again), customizing a calf shelter to make a chicken coop, setting up the new house, turning a pig-pen in the front yard into an herb and fruiting shrub garden, cutting up firewood for next year, planting flowers, chestnuts and paw-paws in various locations…  […]

Oil Lantern Safety Idea

By: Everett S

With a two-year old running around you can’t leave oil lanterns sitting out on tables to be knocked over. I’m sure there are dozens of ways to do this, but I settled on using materials I already had on hand: – About 8-10 feet of rope – Two small coat hanger hooks – Two small […]