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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…

Automatic Chicken Feeder Contest

Mark Hamilton from The Walden Effect blog (my favorite homesteading blog in the world) asked if we would help him run a little contest to see if we can get in some great ideas for automatic chicken feeders. We’re excited to see what people come up with! The details are below… I made a post […]

How to Can Green Beans

By: Missy B

This is the first time I’ve canned something by myself from start to finish. It took longer than I thought, but it’ll be well worth it when we are eating green beans all winter! Here is how I canned the green beans… First I put the jars and utensils in the dishwasher on a hi […]

Using Wind Energy to Simplify Your Life

With so many ways to get energy to your home, it can be a bit tricky to decide which option is best for you. Today, we are going to focus on Wind Energy and discuss some of the benefits with you. If you are looking for a green solution as well as a way to […]

Catching a Bee Swarm

By: Tommy B

I belong to an email list for a local beekeeping club and for the past month it has been hot with folks postings leads on swarms – in buildings, on the side roads, in gardens and so on. It’s amazing how quickly beekeepers get on these leads and immediately snatch them up. Just the other […]

Rewiring Your Brain for Problem Solving

By: Everett S

One thing became abundantly clear when I started getting to know people who grew up in the countryside: They are often extremely talented at problem solving. This is especially true when it comes to solving a problem with little or no money. I am a creative problem solver in many ways (at least that’s what […]

Guinea Hen for Dinner

By: Tommy B

I guess I will start this article with a “disclaimer” similar to what Everett did on one of his posts a few months back… Disclaimer: This post contains words, information and pictures on killing and eating a live animal. I make no excuses nor do I feel guilty about my current omnivore diet. I have, […]

Setting Up and Using a Band Saw, or A.K.A. – Wrestling with a Bandsaw and Finally Winning!

By: Tommy B

I have a lot of power tools – a lot!  And up to this point in time I have not acquired a tool that I could not figure out how to use within the first 15 minutes.  Welp, it took at 9″ band saw, several hours of my time, and finally resorting to visiting a woodworker […]

Makeover a Crappy Table

By: Missy B

I’m not quite sure where it came from, but this table has been with us for a few moves now and usually has a tapestry thrown over it with a printer on top. A few weeks ago I drove it up from the barn to the porch for me to give it a makeover so […]

Building a Dog House and Rabbit Hutch

By: Missy B

When we sold our last house, the new buyer requested that we leave the dog house and rabbit hutch. We built Clyde’s dog house palace a few weeks ago, since he didn’t have anywhere to cozy up and stay warm. And since then, my bunnies have been housed in a metal dog cage occupying the […]

A Passive Solar Cabin Design, Part I – Getting Ready

By: Tommy B

For over a decade I have been wanting to build a passive solar (and PV panel ready) cabin of my own.  I’ve read a few books and skimmed a lot more, helped friends in various stages of building “green” buildings, and worked with a close friend (ex-wife!) to create a cabin design that not only […]