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The third edition of the Grit Guide to Homestead DIY Projects includes more than 33 easy do-it-yourself projects. Inside, you’ll find schemes for a chicken feeder, two greenhouses for your backyard, wood pallets, racks for potted plants, and more. This 100-page publication is organized by project size: small (DIY mason bee house), medium (porch swing), and large (backyard DIY smokehouse). Each article includes helpful advice on each undertaking, either with great step-by-step instructions, illustrations, photographs, or parts lists. These articles are sure to help you successfully complete each project!
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Today only a few dozen large-scale producers dominate the greenhouse produce market. Why? Because they know and employ best practices for the most profitable crops: tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, leafy greens, lettuce, herbs, and microgreens. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook levels the playing field by revealing these practices so that all growers, large and small, can maximize the potential of their protected growing space. Whether you’re growing in a heated greenhouse or unheated hoophouse, this book offers a decision-making framework for how to best manage crops that goes beyond a list of simple dos and don’ts. As senior trial technician for greenhouse crops at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, author Andrew Mefferd spent seven years consulting for growers using protected agriculture in a wide variety of climates, soils, and conditions. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook brings his experience and expertise to bear in an in-depth guide that will help readers make their investment in greenhouse space worthwhile. Every year, more growers are turning to protected culture to deal with unpredictable weather and to meet out-of-season demand for local food, but many end up spinning their wheels, wasting time and money on unprofitable crops grown in ways that don’t make the most of their precious greenhouse space. With comprehensive chapters on temperature control and crop steering, pruning and trellising, grafting, and more, Mefferd’s book is full of techniques and strategies that can help farms stay profitable, satisfy customers, and become an integral part of re-localizing our food system. From seed to sale, The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook is the indispensable resource for protected growing.
Author: Andrew Mefferd
Food recalls, dubious health claims, scary and shocking ingredients in health and beauty products. Our increasingly industrialized supply system is becoming more difficult to navigate, more frightening, and more frustrating, leaving us feeling stuck choosing in many cases between the lesser of several evils.
Author Deborah Niemann offers healthier, more empowering choices, by showing us how to reclaim links in our food and purchasing chains, to make choices that are healthier for our families, ourselves, and our planet. In this fully updated and revised edition of Homegrown and Handmade, Deborah shows how making things from scratch and growing some of your own food can help you eliminate artificial ingredients from your diet, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more authentic life.
Whether your goal is increasing your self-reliance or becoming a full-fledged homesteader, it’s packed with answers and solutions to help you rediscover traditional skills, take control of your food from seed to plate, and much more. This comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch proves that attitude and knowledge is more important than acreage. Written from the perspective of a successful, self-taught modern homesteader, this well-illustrated, practical, and accessible manual will appeal to anyone who dreams of a more empowered life.
Deborah Niemann presents and teaches extensively on topics ranging from soapmaking to livestock care. She and her family raise livestock for meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables. Deborah is also the author of Raising Goats Naturally.
Author: DEBORAH NIEMANN
Grit has compiled expertly written tips on thriving on less out where the pavement ends. The new Grit Premium Issue: Guide to Frugal Country Living is 112 pages of articles that help you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Inside, you’ll find how to create your own home-based business, heat the homestead with wood, build a hoop house, feed a flock of chickens the easy way, learn more about cast-iron cookware, make your own soap, and so much more.
Learn how a few extra seed saving steps, and simple ones at that, will keep your garden growing next year. Read everything you need to know when considering a biomass system to heat your home or shop. Discover how these reclaimed-lumber raised beds let you garden without the toil of tilling. Versatile, durable and easy to use, the original nonstick cookware is still a kitchen essential. Learn the very best homemade cleaning recipes and avoid harmful chemicals and save money with effective cleaners using this collection of simple recipes.
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Intended for both small- and medium-size gardens, Improving Your Soil reveals the steps to take to achieve the perfect soil base in which to grow plants. With directions on amending poor soil, modifying mediocre earth, aerating compacted topsoil and substrates, and testing pH levels, this book enables gardeners to nurture their plants and promote more abundant growth.
The features of good soil include proper structure and nutrients that encourage healthy plant growth. Soil in "good tilth" is loamy, nutrient-rich and friable, because it has an optimal mixture of sand, clay and organic matter that prevents severe compaction. Improving Your Soil shows gardeners how to improve the soil in their garden to encourage good seed bedding and a strong root system for proper nutrient disbursement throughout various soil depths.
Flower gardeners and vegetable gardeners will all benefit from the tips and methods in Improving Your Soil.
The detailed information is complemented with line drawings, diagrams and illustrations that demonstrate various soil issues and how to resolve common problems. With information on remedying specific problems with particular plants, Improving Your Soil will be an often-consulted resource for all gardeners.
Author: Keith Reid
Scientist and gardener Carol Deppe combines her passion for gardening with newly emerging scientific information from many fields — resilience science, climatology, climate change, ecology, anthropology, paleontology, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, health and medicine. In the last half of The Resilient Gardener, Deppe extends and illustrates these principles with detailed information about growing and using five key crops: potatoes, corn, beans, squash and eggs.
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The Resilient Gardener is both a conceptual and a hands-on gardening book, and is suitable for gardeners at all levels of experience. Resilience here is broadly conceived and encompasses a full range of problems, from personal hard times such as injuries, family crises, financial problems, health problems, and special dietary needs (gluten intolerance, food allergies, carbohydrate sensitivity, and a need for weight control) to serious regional and global disasters and climate change. It is a supremely optimistic as well as realistic book about how resilient gardeners and their gardens can flourish even in challenging times and help their communities to survive and thrive through everything that comes their way — from tomorrow through the next thousand years.
Author: Carol Deppe
Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills offers more than 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to live a more self-sufficient life. Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying a meal that was raised and grown on your own land … no matter if it’s just the delicious preserves from your garden or the entire feast. This guide also features great articles on the best staple crops for building food self-sufficiency; simple seed starting; and small-space gardening! You can even learn how to brew your own beer! More articles include: • 27 All-Time Best Tips for Living on Less: Mother Earth News readers share their tips for wiser living. • Start a Self-Sufficient, 1-Acre Homestead: Live off the land with these strategies for establishing self-sufficient food production, including advice on crop rotations and raising livestock. • Cast No Aspersions on Cast Iron: Learn how to use old-fashioned cookware to its greatest advantage. • The No-Mortgage Natural Cottage: From treehouses to tiny homes on wheels, a no-mortgage shelter can help you eschew expensive rent and debt. • Want Milk? Get Goats: Dairy goats can supply your family with milk inexpensively. • Make Your Own Herbal Medicine: To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.
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This first installment of our new Wiser Living Video Series DVD features some of our most popular workshops, taught by leading experts on do-it-yourself, sustainable projects. From learning the basics of pickling vegetables to making your own all-natural household cleaners to extending your garden season with easy-to-build mini-greenhouses, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Video Series features a broad spectrum of information. Recorded by professionals, each 10- to 20-minute workshop is brought to life through vivid imagery, crisp audio and step-by-step instructions that will guide you on your path to self-sufficiency.
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Author: Mother Earth News
Discover homemade beauty secrets with Oleum Vera’s Do-It-Yourself Organic Face Moisturizing Kit. Create three DIY toners and three natural face moisturizers by combining the finest plant-based oils and essential oils with store-cupboard ingredients. How does it work? 1.Complete a simple test to identify your skin type 2.Pick a recipe that best suits your skin 3.Mix the oils in your kit with everyday household ingredients 4.Your product is ready. Enjoy! Get started with several natural recipes like: 1.Lemon and Cucumber Toner - For Normal or Combination Skin 2.Peppermint and Chamomile Skin Freshener - For Dry or Sensitive Skin 3.Crisp Tea Tree Serum - For Oily or Acne Prone Skin For more in-depth skin care remedies and tips, check out our DIY Toners Kit or our DIY Face Masks Kit. Contents Plant-based oils •Marula Oil* - Used in natural face moisturizers for centuries in Southern Africa, Marula oil is a phenomenal source of fatty acids - essential for skin’s elasticity. 1 fl oz (30ml) •Jojoba Oil* - Organic jojoba oil balances oily skin by mimicking the effects of human sebum, therefore halting the skin’s natural oil production. It will not clog pores, meaning that it can be used freely on acne-prone areas of the face.1 fl oz (30ml) •Plant-based glycerin** - With the ability to attract and retain moisture, plant-based glycerin is perfect for dry, dehydrated skin. 1 fl oz (30ml) •Tamanu Oil* - Loaded with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibiotic properties, tamanu oil was made for those with persistent acne. It has been used to treat rheumatism and skin infections for centuries. 0.5 fl oz (15ml) •Pomegranate Seed Oil* - This natural and nutritious oil revitalizes and helps to heal damaged skin. 0.5 fl oz (15ml) •Non-GMO Vitamin E Oil - Antioxidant Vitamin E helps to keep your home skin care remedies fresh, and prolongs their shelf life. 0.5 fl oz (15ml) Essential oils •Lavender Essential Oil* - Treat acne-prone, reactive skin to a few drops of lavender essential oil. This gentle ingredient is a must for any natural skin care program, but is also used to help with insomnia and anxiety. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) •Frankincense Essential Oil* - Bursting with anti-aging properties and a naturally complex earthy scent, this essential oil helps protect, lift and tighten the skin. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) •Tea Tree Essential Oil* - Acne-prone and oily skin will love this essential oil, renowned for its chemical-free antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) •Geranium Essential Oil* - Banish wrinkles and tired skin with organic Geranium essential oil. Its regenerative properties have a balancing effect on the skin, reducing signs of aging and leaving a healthy glow. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) High-quality accessories •Spray bottle •Dropper vial x 2 •Funnel •Recipe booklet Organic and responsible ingredients While choosing only the purest ingredients for our kits, we are keenly aware of our impact on the environment. All our plant-based oils are cold-pressed and unrefined - you won’t find any synthetic oils or GMO products here. Besides the fun of making your own organic cleansing oils and masks, you can also be comforted by the fact that they are also environmentally-friendly, sustainable and responsible. The best part? All packaging is recyclable and the containers are reusable. MMTUM, Inc. Montréal (Quebec) Canada H2G 1Z3 *Certified organic by Ecocert ICO according to NOP Standards *100% of the total ingredients are from organic farming - COSMOS ORGANIC certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to COSMOS standard **98% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
Author: Oleum Vera
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The perfect introduction to a green beauty routine for hair, our Oleum Vera DIY Organic Hair Treatment Kit lets you create six customizable treatments to keep your hair happy and healthy the natural way! All-natural hair care restores strength and protects your hair from damage with organic ingredients that are both effective and gentle. You’ll be able to customize homemade masks, purifying rinses and soothing serums with our organic cold-pressed oils and simple ingredients to give your hair the nourishment it needs. How does it work? 1. Choose from dozens of our beauty recipes for hair treatments 2. Blend together our organic ingredients and oils with simple items from your kitchen according to the recipe 3. Enjoy your fresh, all-natural hair treatment! Whip up these beauty recipes for hair treatments (and dozens more) Our natural beauty recipes for hair use powerful ingredients like avocado, lemon, egg and banana along with high-quality organic, cold-pressed oils to create DIY hair masks and nourishing serums. •Purifying Lemon Hair Mask •Creamy Avocado Hair Mask Nourishing Serum for Dry or Damaged Hair Every Organic Hair Treatment Kit includes: •Organic Amla Oil - Highly useful in organic hair care, amla oil penetrates the scalp and strengthens hair follicles with its high essential fatty acid content. It is also a key organic ingredient in treatments for dandruff or a dry scalp. 1 fl oz •Organic Jojoba Oil - Organic jojoba oil closely mimics the natural oil we produce on our skin, and actually reduces greasiness while still providing moisture and lustre to our hair without clogging pores. 1 fl oz (30ml) •Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil --This natural and nutritious oil revitalizes and strengthens damaged hair by protecting against harsh chemicals and environmental damage. 1 fl oz (30ml) Are you in love with an organic hair care routine? Try our complete DIY Organic Hair Care Kit for even more unique ingredients and beauty recipes. Organic and responsible ingredients While choosing only the purest ingredients for our kits, we are keenly aware of our impact on the environment. All our plant-based oils are cold-pressed and unrefined - you won’t find any synthetic oils or GMO products here. Besides the fun of making your own organic cleansing oils and masks, you can also be comforted by the fact that they are also environmentally-friendly, sustainable and responsible. The best part? All packaging is recyclable and the containers are reusable. MMTUM, Inc. Montréal (Quebec) Canada H2G 1Z3 *Certified organic by Ecocert ICO according to NOP Standards *100% of the total ingredients are from organic farming - COSMOS ORGANIC certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to COSMOS standard **98% of the total ingredients are from organic farming
Author: Oleum Vera
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Seeds are moving into the health spotlight: Oil-rich varieties can boost energy, reduce cholesterol, inhibit tumor growth, and promote heart, brain and immune function. Incorporating these little nutrient bombs into your daily diet is a great way to boost your health without having to give up your favorite foods. In Cooking with Seeds, Charlyne Mattox shows you how.
Author: Charlyne Mattox
Show your hair you care the natural way with organic, non-toxic hair products from your very own kitchen! The Do-It-Yourself Organic Hair Kit from Oleum Vera has all the natural ingredients you’ll need to create 3 oil treatments, 4 hair masks and 2 hair rinses, along with tips and recipes to suit all hair types. It’s like your very own luxury, environmentally-friendly salon at home! How does it work? 1.Get started by patch testing the essential oils in your pack for hypersensitivity. 2.Then, pick a recipe for an organic treatment oil, hair mask or hair rinse that best suits your hair. 3.Mix the fragrant essential oils and the powerful plant-based oils in your kit with everyday household ingredients. 4.Your product is ready. Enjoy! Get started with several natural recipes like: 1.Oil-Balancing Lemongrass Serum - For Oily Hair 2.Banana Shake Mask - For All Hair Types 3.Dandruff Rescue Hair Rinse (with Tea Tree and Lemon) - For Dry Scalps 4.Nourishing Rosemary & Mint Serum - For Dry or Damaged Hair Now that you’ve created your own all-natural hair products, why not try our DIY Organic Face Cleansing Kit or our DIY Organic Body Care Kit? Contents: Plant-Based Oils •Argan Oil - A hero of all-natural hair care, this non-greasy oil helps tame frizz, repair split ends and protect hair from damage caused by curling irons and hair dryers. 1 fl oz •Pomegranate Seed Oil -This natural and nutritious oil revitalizes and strengthens damaged hair by protecting against harsh chemicals and environmental damage. 1 fl oz •Amla Oil - Highly useful in organic hair care, amla oil penetrates the scalp and strengthens hair follicles with its high essential fatty acid content. It is also a key organic ingredient in treatments for dandruff or a dry scalp. 1 fl oz •Jojoba Oil - Organic jojoba oil balances greasy scalps by mimicking the effects of human sebum, therefore halting the skin’s natural oil production without clogging pores. 1 fl oz Essential Oils: •Lemongrass Essential Oil - A must-have for organic hair and skin care, lemongrass essential oil helps to slow down oil production and sterilize pores. Its natural, citrus scent also adds a note of freshness to your daily routine. 0.17 fl (5ml) •Peppermint Essential Oil - Keep nasty infections at bay with this refreshing essential oil, perfect for naturally cleansing the face and body. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) •Tea Tree Essential Oil - This potent essential oil is renowned for its chemical-free antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) •Rosemary Essential Oil - Hydrate your skin and prevent imperfections with this organic oil, a wonderful, purifying ingredient in a natural beauty regime. 0.17 fl oz (5ml) High-quality accessories •Glass bottle •Dropper vial •Mortar and pestle •Funnel •Recipe booklet Organic and responsible ingredients While choosing only the purest ingredients for our kits, we are keenly aware of our impact on the environment. All our plant-based oils are cold-pressed and unrefined - you won’t find any synthetic oils or GMO products here. Besides the fun of making your own organic cleansing oils and masks, you can also be comforted by the fact that they are also environmentally-friendly, sustainable and responsible. The best part? All packaging is recyclable and the containers are reusable. MMTUM, Inc. Montréal (Quebec) Canada H2G 1Z3 Certified organic by Ecocert ICO according to NOP Standards 100% of the total ingredients are from organic farming - COSMOS ORGANIC certified by Ecocert Greenlife according to COSMOS standard
Author: Oleum Vera
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